Illustration by Timo ter Braak. No matter how many hours of your life you've spent on yoga and mindfulness, sometimes the only thing that'll make a rough situation better is an honest curse—bellowed out, straight from the heart to God's ears. When you stub your pinky toe, when genitals collide with zippers, or when you're in traffic and other people seem to be, too: swearing and cursing is the answer.
This is an R-rated post. Rough day? Some of my favourite languages are those with really fulfilling and creative ways of telling another person just how much you want them to piss off.
My family speaks Hindi and sometime after I learned how to ask for a cup of water, I insisted they teach me how to swear. It was pretty enlightening. This list is courtesy of these wonderfully foul-mouthed sitesas well as people from all over the world who were a little too excited to teach me to curse in their language.
Baka yaroo! Stupid idiot, but in the sense of "stupid fucking asshole idiot! Your mother works in a nudie bar! Baise ma coude!
Other than eating or drinking, cursing is the most fun thing you can do with your mouth. But why limit yourself to cursing in English when there's a whole world of beautiful curse words out there to use? And while you might imagine most of the f-words in other countries translate to mean some version of "sexual intercourse," you'd be wrong.
Once I had some pretty epic karaoke birthday celebrations in Japan. Well, it turned out to be an unforgettable party, with lots of people I had never met popping up, introducing themselves and even bringing me presents. Cho-san, a Korean classmate from Japanese school, joined in too and amazed us with a stunning singing voice.
This will not post anything on Facebook or anywhere else. Ever wonder how languages are just noises we make with our mouths to communicate? There are 7 billion people on the planet and the noises they make are quite different from each other and are hence perceived differently.
Words are fun. They are what gets us, language nerds, turned on. When you speak more than one language, you realize that words mean different things in different languages.