How to Swear Around the World

How to Swear Around the World

Book - 2012
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Grand Central Pub
This essential phrasebook collects the most colorful, explicit, and outrageous ways to tell people off in every part of the world. Featuring dozens of different languages, the sayings range from everyday swears to family curses to expressions for X-rated relations with animals. Phonetic pronunciation is provided so that readers can curse like a native, and handy illustrations provide visual guides to these foreign exclamations. Perfect for the international traveler 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.

Baker & Taylor
Collects curses and ways to tell people off in different world languages, including Italian, Russian, Finnish, Mongolian, Turkish, Tagalog, Arabic, and Hindi.

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2012
Description: 126 p. : ill. ; 18 cm
ISBN: 9781452110875
Branch Call Number: 417.2 Sac
Additional Contributors: Triumph, Toby.


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KCLSRecommends Mar 07, 2014

The ideal book for lovers of words AND travel! Sacher has collected curses & threats in at least a dozen different languages, both foul and colorful -- including phonetic pronunciation so you can make sure you're saying it correctly!
So, for instance -- to choose from some of the less profane examples -- if you were in Portugal and you wanted someone to stop bothering you, instead of "Get lost!" you might say (in Portuguese): "Go comb a monkey's hair!"
And if you have a useless, impossible task in Russia, you might refer to it as "like throwing peas against the wall!"
And if you think your Norwegian friend is acting crazy, you could say, "Have you been smoking your socks?!"
Or, one way to insult an Arabic speaker is by saying, "He deserves to be hit by 60 shoes!"
Fortunately, the book contains a final chapter, or Epilogue, with parting words: all the ways to say "I am sorry" in many different languages!
Now, enough of this: go wash your mouth out with soap!

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