Behind Door #5: Curses Foiled Again

6 December 2006 at 0:45 1 comment

Thanks to the always entertaining and enlightening crew at Language Log for pointing me to this article on Quebecois curse words in today’s Washington Post. Apparently when French Canadians feel the need to swear, they most often resort to religious paraphernalia. Chalices, tabernacles and wafers all figure prominently.

It’s funny how another culture’s epithets can sound innocent or even cutesy to foreign ears. Like Quebecois cursing, Swedish cursing also takes a decidedly religious bent — although Swedes are more likely to invoke the dark side.

Shame, the devil! Devilish devil in hell! Satan!

When I first managed to translate these common Swedish swear words, all I could think was that they sounded vaguely Amish.

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Entry filed under: Humor, Julkalendar, Language, Sweden.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. buddybob  |  6 December 2006 at 5:25

    I’d sure like to read more cussin’ in other languages. You up for doing some research? I’ll do the reading and laughing part.

    Reply

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