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English insults and curses that you need to know

What's the first thing that is interesting in a foreign language? In addition to "hello", "please" and "thank you", there are certainly also swear words! So let's take a look at how to scold, insult or curse in English in the UK. (Though it should go without saying, let's warn the faint of heart and very well mannered readers again: This article is about English insults. It contains a lot of bad words! There are a few cool insults, however ...)

How differently do Germans and British swear?

What makes a word a swear word? This is above all a question of taboos: Whatever is taboo in a culture, whether faeces, sexuality, incest or death, becomes a source of swear words. In Victorian, prudish Great Britain, for example, sexual abuse was predominantly used to scold us ("Fuck!"), While we Germans traditionally curse excrementally (" Shit! ").

So does that mean that Germans don't respond to sexual swear words? No, not at all. Because we traditionally swear excrementally, we have the sound of Shit, shit and Shit Long used - they are not completely taboo-free, but they can hardly trigger a state of shock. Curse words that are drawn from the sexual taboo, on the other hand, are not so worn out. That is why our ears cannot hide such insults in the same way.

Swear words are a delicate mixture of taboo and wear and tear So be aware that the same swear words could be interpreted differently in England than in Germany, and also differently than in other English-speaking countries!

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Insult and curse in English:
This is how English ranting goes - from mild to strong

Fortunately for us as language learners, that has Office of Communications (Ofcom), the UK Media and Media Authority, released 150 British curse words from 200 people interviewed by mild to very strong classified. In the following you will get an overview of important (that is to say: very common in the UK) English swear words.

Mild English insults


A variant of ass ("Ass"). You can also use it to express that you don't feel like doing something: I can't be arsed.


An often used reinforcement word is often used together with bright used: bloody hell!

The origin of this word, or why it was viewed as very vulgar, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, but not before or after, is not entirely clear. Bloody could be from Dutchbloote descend, which means something like "perfect, complete". It may also be a corruption of God’s blood ("God's blood", similar to the German very young so "very young"). An association with menstrual blood could explain the shock value of the word in the 18th and 19th centuries. Possibly the word goes back to a group of aristocratic rowdies who are known as Bloods were known.


Originally: "Sodomit", is now used more in the sense of "bastard, asshole, idiot".

Mediocre English insults


Can mean “eggs” (“testicles”), but also “nonsense”.

Pissed / pissed off

This is where there is often confusion with American English: In England means pissed "Very drunk" and pissed off "angry". In the US it is only used in connection with "angry".

Strong English insults


Originally an "illegitimate child", nowadays more like "bastard, bastard".


Condescendingly denotes a penis (roughly comparable to “cock”) or a “bastard”, an “asshole”.

Minge / Fanny / Twat

All of these words condescendingly refer to a vagina.

English insults that appear as very be felt strongly


This word probably doesn't need any explanation anymore ... it can also be used as an amplifier and can then even have a positive meaning: This is fucking amazing!


This word is also already well known in Germany. Be careful with it.


Very bad word for "vagina", in extreme cases it is also used for uncomfortable, stupid people. Be very, very careful with this word, it is considered by many to be the most insulting swear word in the English language viewed. Some just can't say it at all and just say the c-word.

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