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European Day of Languages seems like a good excuse for foreign swearing!

Today is European Day of Languages.  It was founded to celebrate linguistic diversity in Europe.  Did you know that there are over 200 European languages?  And that’s before you add in all the languages spoken by people who’s families originate from outside Europe.

The EDL was set up jointly by the European Union and the Council of Europe.  It’s aim is to promote diversity of language.  And to encourage language learning.  Their website says “Even if you only know a few words of the language of the country that you visit, this enables you to make new friends and contacts.”  Erm, they obviously haven’t been learning the same words as us then !

Language diversity is a great thing to celebrate.  But we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t take you into the darker recesses of European languages would we?

Just about every language in the world has it’s profanities.    And they mostly hinge on bodily functions, sex and genitalia or god and religion.  But what is completely taboo in one country, might be pretty tame in another.

Depending on where you are, the culture and religion of a country, words will have different significance.  According to the BBC, curses involving mothers (mother-fucker, son of a bitch …) are more common “where Mary is co-star with Jesus” (ie where there are plenty of Catholics), and not so much in others.  Apparently, in Finland for instance, mother-based swearing will just confuse.   Female genitalia tends to be at the top of the taboo list in most countries.  But in the Scandinavian and neighbouring countries, it’s equalled by hell and the devil.  Some of Finland’s rudest words are saatana (Satan), perkele (devil – or more accurately, a pre-Christian god of thunder), and helvetti (Hell).  None of which carry much weight in English.  At least not these days.  (Though the Helvetti were also, according to Wikipedia, a Gallic tribe in Switzerland in the 1st century.  Language is confusing!)

European Day of Languages

In Sweden skit (shit) isn’t a very strong word.  It’s the sort of thing you can say in polite society.  Breaking from the god-sex-poo rules of swearing, Poland and the Netherlands add in death and disease.  “Cholera!” can be used as an exclamation in Poland (though it seems to be going out of fashion).  And just add “cancer” (kanker) to anything in Dutch and it becomes a rude insult.  This must be quite upsetting in hospital oncology departments?

OK, so less of the theory, you say, lets get on with the practice.  Well, our knowledge of European languages stops pretty much at the border, so to speak.  But we’ve picked up a few useful words on our travels.  And sourced a few for you too.  On European Day of Languages it is beholden of you to swear in other languages.  So go for it or ihre Mutter saugt Schwiene and Du bist ein Arschge fiktes Suppenhunt.  Apols for our German grammar, or lack thereof.  Like we say, we ain’t no experts.  If you speak any of these languages, feel free to tell us if we’ve got it wrong.

Useful Insults and Expletives in European Languages!

  Shit Fuck! Hell! And other expletives Fuck off/piss off/get lost and other useful insults
German Scheisse   Mach es dir selber
French Merde Putain Vas pisser dans les fleur
Danish   For helvede Pis af

Fuck af

Spanish Mierde Joder! Que te den por culo
Welsh Cach   Ffwcia oma
Polish     spierdalaj
Italian   Cazzo Figlio di puttana
Greek     Ay gamisou

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday You Fabulous Fucker

Happy Birthday You Fabulous Fucker

This is by far one of my favourite birthday cards and is one of my best sellers. I love it when I get to print the messages on the inside because you guys absolutely love this card and I often imagine you’re laughing when you’re ordering!

I decided a while back that I would create cards that would shock but also make you laugh and since then I’ve gone from strength to strength. Of course I’ve had ups and downs and had to adapt to censorship but then I thought ‘fuck it’, people love swearing and those who don’t, well they’re not my customer!’

The etymology of the word ‘Fuck’ is quite interesting as it was often omitted from the early dictionaries when they were being compiled. Even Johnson left out this fruity word! It was even an offence to have it published according to the Obscene language act of 1857! A germanic and Dutch word ‘fikken’ – it means to copulate.

So here we have ‘Happy Birthday Fabulous Fucker’ – I bet you know several fab fuckers who’s birthday it is and who I bet you’d know who you can send this to! You can have any message printed to the inside of your card and I also post cards onto recipients. You can even have your card personalised with your choice of words.

Find this card here at the shop

Bec x

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The Christmas countdown begins…

tinsel tits cards

Hello!

So we’ve had Bonfire night (a brilliant British tradition) and Halloween and now the next major event on my calendar is: Mix up Sunday!

Here in my house we traditionally use the last Sunday of November (known as mix up Sunday) to make all of our Christmas goodies like Christmas pudding, cakes, sauces, biscuits. (It gets frozen where needed!)

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