- Did the English spread swearing around the world?
I don’t know of another nationality which swears like the Basques. Ironically there are no swearwords in Basque so they use Spanish to do it.
My first landlady here, a well-to-do old lady was really foul-mouthed. I remember asking her what type of dog she had, and she told me it was a ‘lame coño’ which essentially means lapdog but if you translate it literally… 😳
(edit: don’t google that if you’re at work!)Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
I don’t know about Brits, ever checked out Yiddish for colourful swear words?Posted 4 years ago
Putz, yutz, schmuck, schmoo…
There are lots.
Here’s a few: http://www.trollden.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49:yiddish-cuss-words&catid=34:languages&Itemid=58
The scots invented the swear word and it remains our greatest export
I think perhaps the further from the equator you get, the more sweary you get. The eskimos had 50 words for “**** me it’s cold.”
I’d like to stake a claim for the North of England for bringing portmanteau swearing to the world, cockbadgers.
Southerners are unable to swear effectively. “Can’t” is not a swear word.Posted 4 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
The Basques and Spanish are amazing. I remember when my friend Carlos met Ed Oxley and his young family and started using the literal translations of how he would speak in Spanish. Within two minutes he had called Eds son a f-ing Yorkshire c-word. In front of Eds wife and v. young daughter. I was lost for words, I had to literally drag him out of there!
I love the poetry of the Spanish swearing. They are the only nation that could look you in the eye and threaten to crimp one off in your milk.Posted 4 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
The c-word is coño here and is very acceptable. One of the local towns has a series of mountain bike trails, one of them is called coño del mundo or **** of the world. The local government has that printed on flyers and their website. It just doesn’t have the same significance here. Try saying in a restaurant though that your meal was of the communion wafer or saying to someone that you will give them a communion wafer…. then you are being offensive!Posted 4 years agoEdukatorMember
Yiddish swearwords? Your list conjured up an image of cleaning jewelery in a quiet, French town, CountZero. Most people around here make do with only one swear word which can be spoken to express almost any feeling: “putain”. Women, especially young women, seem to use it most and most eloquently.Posted 4 years ago
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