Wednesday, September 9, 2009

French Swear Words: 10 Favorites

I’ve picked up some pretty bad curse words from cultures  all over the world, and I have to say these French swear words are poetic in a piercing sort of way!

Better yet, you can probably use them with impunity where you live, and people will think your so cool while totally unaware of what you just said to them!

Now it’s time for…

A Post By Julie Blakley

“While I grew up hearing accidental French expletives that would sneak their way out of my mother’s mouth, for those who learned French in the classroom, I’m guessing the teacher was not willing (or able) to teach students how to properly and thoroughly cuss in French.

So, in that vein, here are some of my very favorite French curses. These are the things you hear spilling out of cab driver’s mouths, accidentally being shouted by my grandmother when she drops the milk, or accompanied by grimaced faces and occasional hand gestures in the streets of Paris.

Now, before you go around dropping the French equivalent of the F bomb on your next trip, keep in mind that language plays an immensely important role in French culture. In fact, being articulate and well spoken is considered to be an extremely valuable asset and characteristic, and while the French also like to curse a lot, the term most often associated with curse words is “unrefined.” However, in the right place, with the right people, you can impress your French friends (and make them giggle) by appropriately using these very useful and colorful curses.”

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1 comment:

Tom Holloway said...

So, I guess what I thought to be SHIT in French, "Pepe La poopoo" is incorrect! Damn!