Fri, 04 May 2012 14:37:01 GMT | By Amy Reyes

The joy of cursing en Español



It’s more fun to curse in Spanish?

It’s more fun to curse in Spanish?

I once heard that French is the language of love, English is the language of business, German is the language of war, and Spanish is the language to communicate with God.

I would add that Spanish, besides being excellent for prayer, is a great language for cursing.

I became fluent in Spanish in my early 20's after almost two years of living in the Dominican Republic. It was humbling to not have access to the words I needed to express myself at first but early on I figured out the best phrases to air my frustration (i.e. how to curse).

Spanish curse words are situational for me. I know when it is appropriate to say a certain word or phrase, but it's hard to translate the stigma that surrounds the word itself. Most of us are trained as children to avoid saying bad words in our native language, but when we adopt a second, bad words and vulgarities are just new words, until you say them in front of the wrong person.

Many times I wouldn't even know I was saying something offensive until it came out of my mouth. For example: Ask for a "bolsa" in a supermarket in Santo Domingo. Or say you saw a "bicho" in Puerto Rico. Both words on their own are innocuous (look them up!), but blush-inducing if said in the wrong place.

"Spanish, besides being excellent for prayer, is a great language for cursing"

My Brazilian friends shook their heads when I excitedly reported that Brazilian singer Michel Tello's song "Ai se eu ti pego" ("If I Get You" in English) is getting airplay on the Spanish-language radio stations. Apparently the lyrics are pretty vulgar in Portuguese. The translation didn't raise my eyebrows, but then again, Pit Bull did a remix so I knew it had to have been a little bit nasty.

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May 22, 2012 1:37PM
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In El Salvador you use "bicho" or "bichito" as a slang for child.   The language we hispanics speak is not "Espanol' or "Spanish" , it is called "Castellano" because the language we speak originated in Castilla, Spain.  But since a lot of people "do not know" this, they call our language Spanish; another huge mistake that many people make is that they think that all hispanics are Mexicans.  Now we know that Geography is not a strong subject in many people.
Dec 16, 2012 9:36AM
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No hay idiomas mas lindo que el español y que espreses con mayor

sentimiento y bellesa y claridad la esprecion de las palabras, la oracion

y sus contenidos.

PEDRO MOTA

Dec 16, 2012 2:20PM
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La palabra mas bonita en idioma español es ''chingada'',sirve para todo.
Por ejemplo : Vete a la chingada,con una chingada,ya me llevò la chingada,està en casa de la chingada,mas feo que la chingada,mas frio que la chingada,mas caliente que la chingada,mas bonita que la chingada.
Y cuando la cosa se pone fea se dice que  ''la cosa està de la chingadda''.
Por cierto, la redacciòn de su artìculo quedò de la chingada,jajaja.
Jajajaja,y todo mundo entiende,literatos y analfabetas.
Definitivamente el español es un idioma muy expresivo.

Dec 16, 2012 11:47AM
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In every language as well as in every culture, there is beauty and nastyness. To understand the language the right way, you have to understand the culture. If you are only speaking the language, you are not feeling or expresing everithing you are saying. As an example: "I love you" - "Te amo"  In english everybody says "I love you" Including Spanish speakers. But how many Spanish speakers say "Te amo"?  Te amo"  aparently has a stronger meaning. At least to people older tan 40. You will hear to say "Te quiero" in most cases. Or "te quiero muchisimo" Before saying "Te amo. Existe tambien: " Te adoro" Te idolatro"  "I worship you" But of course, If you are very religious person would say: You only say that to God.

 

Dec 16, 2012 10:34PM
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No sea pendejo(tonto) el que haya escrito este articulo,Tendria que informarse bien acerca del lenguaje espanol.
El carajo era una pequeña plataforma en la punta del mástil más alto, desde donde se observaba el horizonte, en busca de tierra, otros barcos, etc. En otro paises de habla hispana se usa la misma palabra de acuerdo a su modo de expresion o a como se quiera utilizar.
Pendejo es persona que lleva una vida irregular, viciosa y desordenada. en pocas palabras tonta como se dice desordenada.
El Joder es una expresion como decir no molestar. en pocas palabras una madre puede decir a su hijo /a  "No me jodan" quiere decir lo mismo no me molesten.
Ahora no soy profesora de Espanol pero el Lenguaje Espanol es muy rico tanto en poesia podeis encontrarlo como una forma de expresarse.
El que el cantante se exprese con palabras obscenas;es porque es solo su forma de expresarse.
Recordando que en Miami hay una diversidad de paises de habla hispana se entiende que cada pais tiene su forma de interpretar el lenguaje pero en la realidad no lo usamos para ofender a otros y ademas esta el lenguaje ingles en donde hasta se ofenden a otros usando las partes de una perra y lo digo yo que se escucha mucho en fabricas.
El que escribio este reporte deberia de informarse mas antes de ponerlo en la internet.
 

Dec 16, 2012 10:27AM
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For me, cursing is a very personal and native thing. With that said, I only feel it if I say it in my native language; I don't curse in English because I can't feel it, I curse in Spanish, because that's my main language. Likewise, when people curse me in English, I don't feel it, nor I care. But if they do it in Spanish, oh boy, they're gonna have a problem! (I'm puertorrican by the way)
Dec 16, 2012 3:39PM
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Es que no hay palabra mal dicha, sino mal interpretada.  Además, "es la música la hace la canción".

 

En latino américa, casi todos hablamos castellano (o español, que también es correcto), pera cada país o región tiene sus matices; sin embargo, nos comunicamos, que es lo importante

 

¿Será igual en inglés de Inglaterra o de USA?

 

 

May 22, 2012 6:34AM
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hillbilly Puerto Ricans say coño for "darn it".It's a fighting word to city slickers.took 50 years in EEUU to find  this out..In most Spanish nations a bicho is a mosquito.There is no English word for mosquito, it's Spanish for "a small fly".
Nov 12, 2013 3:16PM
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El castellano es el idioma que ha unido todos los súbditos españoles ' desde el medioevo, al contrario de los idiomas regionales que los distinguen entre si. Siendo que México es el país hispano-parlante mas poblado del mundo, ademas de ser uno de los fuentes mas grandes de libros publicados en español, claro que su 'idioma nacional' guarda gran importancia en el mundo hispano.

Para este servidor, el francés si es el idioma de amor, como el ingles y alemán son idiomas muy exactas que se prestan para explicar las cosas con fina exactitud. Pero para expresarse con gran elocuencia y con tocas de nobleza, en el mundo entero, no hay ni jamas habrá un idioma que supera el castellano. Para darse fe de esto, visita a cualquier hogar, casa, palacio, iglesia, o centro de reuniones cualquiera en el día de los madres cuando el mas humilde entre nosotros puede fácilmente convertirse en poeta, sino en cantante de no poco talento.

Claro para maldecir sirve, .
Jun 1, 2013 6:53PM
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en cuanto a la palabra que dice el( viejo dimobi) que sepa yo solo la dicen los mexicanos...
Mar 24, 2013 9:36AM
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BICHO EN PUERTORRICAN MEANS MORE THAN A SMALL FLY....

 

WORD VARY WHERE YOU COME FROM....

 

I CURSE IN BOTH LANGUAGES...

 

BY THE WAY I AM PUERTORRICAN... AND LOVING IT...

 

BUT TRUE THERE ARE NO BAD WORDS JUST THE MEANING YOU GIVE THEM...

 

Dec 17, 2012 5:39AM
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gracias, los inportantes es que esta de acuerdo conmigo.
May 26, 2013 11:48PM
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Who is Michel Tello? I know that  Michel Teló sang that song.  2 Ls in Spanish make the Y sound, not the L sound. Tello, would sound like TEYO. 
Jun 1, 2013 3:59PM
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S3evr  in puerto rico that word is bad and in cuba is one incesto=mosquito ect
Dec 16, 2012 7:48PM
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"they are know as "vulgar words"  it comes from the word "vulgo (in spanish)"

Dec 16, 2012 6:58PM
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Esto  es  increible, porque  las  grocerias si ser  decente no  cuesta  un  culo, y queda  uno putamente  bien en  todas  partes

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