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9 Spot-on Foreign Words to Replace Swear Words in Your Vocab ...

By Holly

It's hard to remain ladylike when someone makes your blood boil. However, if you're in a room full of easily influenced children or adults who will reprimand you for saying naughty things, then you should find new words to replace your favorite curses. Since cussing in another language could get you in just as much trouble as cussing in English, here are a few foreign words to use when you're angry that aren't all that naughty:

1 Busu

This is a word used to describe an ugly person in Japanese. However, you could trick anyone into thinking that you're cursing at them by yelling this at them. The pronunciation of it is just as satisfying as saying the "F" word.

2 Mishugena

This word means "freak" in Hebrew. It's a pretty tame insult, so even if someone is able to translate it, they won't end up all that mad at you. It should roll right off their back.


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3 Beshoor

This means "no-brained" in Persian. So the next time one of your friends says something unbelievably naive, you can call them this word. When they ask you what it means, you shouldn't be surprised, because there's no way a no-brained person would know it.

4 Klam

This word means "ugly" in Danish. Of course, you don't have to stick to using it in order to describe a person's looks. If someone you meet has an ugly personality, feel free to use this word to describe them.

5 Sakra

This means "damn" in Czech. It's about as close as any of these words come to actual curses. So the next time that you're annoyed about losing a level on a video game, you can simple say "sakra" in order to voice your frustrations.

6 Meretrix

This word means "prostitute" in Latin. So if you're unhappy with another lady who's trying to steal your man, you can use this to describe her. Of course, if you end up passing by a sketchy street corner, you can use this word literally.

7 Inutil

This word means "worthless moron" in the Philipines. It's a great term to use if your coworkers fail at helping you ring up customers. If they can't do a simple task, then they deserve to be called "inutil."

8 Payaso

This word means "clown" in Spanish. However, since there are a lot of bilingual people out there that know how to speak the language, you should be careful about whom you use this on. Of course, there are much more intense Spanish words you could've used on them, so they might give you a break.

9 Drecksau

This word means "dirty pig" in German. It's the perfect insult, because you can use it in virtually any situation. Whether your little sister is running around with a dirty diaper or your older brother is sexting three girls at once, you can use this word to describe them.

If you want to feel more sophisticated and educated than your peers, then you should use these words whenever the opportunity presents itself. The fact that the other person won't know what you're actually saying will bother them more than any actual English curse word ever could. What other foreign words would make good replacements for curses? Remember to keep it as clean as you can!

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