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Rainy day activity: learn foreign swear words

Apologies if you understand the swear words in the image above… I’m not swearing at you!

As I write this post, it’s a rainy day in southern Ontario today, and if I wasn’t working, I’d be thinking of fun things to do while I wait for the rain to stop.

So here’s another post from my now defunct blog on rainy day activities that might come in handy if you go on travels to foreign countries and have the need to swear at something or somebody.

Things to do on a rainy day: Learn foreign swear words

If you live in Canada, particularly in the heavily multicultural urban areas, chances are you often hear somebody swearing on the street in a different language and just don’t know it. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to identify what they are saying? Of course, you may also want to impress your friends with your knowledge of how to say “s#&t” or “f@%k” in Swahili, Dutch and Mandarin.

Somebody had the genius idea of creating a directory of swear words (YouSwear.com) in different languages and it offers hours of enjoyment. Another site, Insults, also offers foreign swear words, and occasionally includes the phrases phonetically. It goes beyond swearing into the topic of insults –  insulting behaviour, classical insults and a listing of Oscar Wilde’s and Shakespeare’s insults. Worthy of a few hours of reading on a rainy day.

Who did you learn foreign swear words from?

One comment

  1. Alas, I wish I had the luxury of time to learn ’em.

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