Other than eating or drinking, cursing is the most fun thing you can do with your mouth. But why limit yourself to cursing in English when there's a whole world of beautiful curse words out there to use? And while you might imagine most of the f-words in other countries translate to mean some version of "sexual intercourse," you'd be wrong. In fact, when the world stubs its toe, it says the equivalent of the f-word in all manner of funny and beautiful ways.
To help us with this task, we talked to Gabriel Wyner, who's fluent in six languages and wrote a book to teach you how to speak in foreign tongues called Fluent Forever. Come join us on a world tour of the f-bomb, from Turkey to Thailand.
How to read all the f-bombs
Wyner has some important notes about languages before you read through this: "Foreign language pronunciation is super tricky to talk about. Oddly enough, most non-English languages use consonants and vowels that, well, aren’t in English. While we could've given you the “English-y” pronunciation guidelines you’d find in travel guides (French: putain [poo-TAN]), practically speaking, no one is going to understand you if you run around yelling “poo-TAN! poo-TAN!” in France. So... we’re going to be a bit more accurate, by providing recordings, video tutorials, using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and discussing some of the trickier sounds directly in our notes."