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How to Swear Around the World

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If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive cookies on GiftRepublic. They don’t really figure in Chinese, but throughout the Slavic world the word for ‘whore’ is a key strong word; Polish kurwa is the all-purpose equivalent of the F-word .

As useful as it is hilarious, Sacher's How to Swear Around the World teaches readers all kinds of vulgar phrases in dozens of different languages. How To Swear Around The World It’s still a big wide world out there, and as every adventurer knows, there’s nothing as frustrating as being unable to communicate your feelings. It does show up here and there: Fijian and other Austronesian languages, Arabic, and Albanian, to name a few.Each rude entry contains a rating indicating the degree of offensiveness of the word, along with its country of origin, translation, and language information.

In the British-French-German circle, shit , merde, and Scheiße are bad words thanks to cleanliness-focused social controls (should we say anal retentiveness? Well you don’t want to be that person who always goes abroad and can’t communicate with the locals, do you?

Covering all topics from the science behind the munchies (it's very real), the botanical link between beer and weed, and why smoking cannabis makes Pink Floyd sound so damned good. Perfect for the international traveller who may need to wish an enemy a painful death, insult a person's grandmother, or accuse someone's mother of having intimate relations with bears in the forest. Ideal for the contemporary traveller who may need to compare a companion to a suggestively shaped fruit, curse an enemy with a painful death or imply that someone’s mother enjoys intimate relations with wild animals.

The mistakes in my native language made me doubt of the other translations of languages I'm not familiar with. Prostitutes defy a wife’s exclusivity and a man’s ownership, which is likely why words for ‘whore’ are also very common strong language in many parts of the world – and in some languages (such as Luganda) why words for genitalia are avoided: prostitutes use them. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture, head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter . It had some interesting and funny phrases, but there were only swearing phrases and not one word insults, and it was FUCKING repetitive.

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