Latin Profanity: How to Swear in Latin Posted by Brittany Britanniae on Jan 13, 2015 in Latin Language
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WARNING: This post is not for the faint hearted. Romans were swearing and cursing in literature, poetry, and graffiti at the beginning of Western Civilizations. Since profanities are informal (and should not be used in public) and more often spoken than in literature, it is worthwhile to note several written sources of Latin profanity:
- The satirical poets (Catullus and Martial) use the words in literary texts.
- The orator and lawyer Cicero’s Epistulae ad Familiares (“Letters to My Friends”) confirm the “profane” or “obscene” status of many Latin words.
- Graffiti from the Roman period, scrawled notably on the walls of Pompeii and Herculaneum. We have a post on entitled: Ten Ancient Roman Graffiti Inscriptions.
BASIC CURSE WORDS: EXCLAMATIONS!
- “faex” – sh*t
- “cane” – bitch (this is actually referring to a dog, however, and not the female derogatory)
- “deodamnatus” – dammit
- “Irrumator” – Bastard
- “Bovis stercus” – Bull sh*t
- “Lupa” – Slut
- “Leno” – Pimp
- filius canis” – son of a b**ch (literally ‘son of a dog’)
- “futuere” – get f**ked
- “futue te ipsi” – f**k you
- “ede faecam” – eat sh*t
- “Flocci non faccio” – I don’t give a damn
- “Stercus accidit” – Sh*t happens
SWEAR WORDS & INSULTS:
- “Es stultior asino” – You are dumber than an a**
- “Es scortum obscenus vilis” – You are a vile, perverted whore
- “Te futueo et caballum tuum” – Screw you and the horse you rode in on
- “Es mundus excrementi” – You are a pile of sh*t
- “Es stercus!” You sh*t!
- “Moecha Putida” – Dirty slut
- “Podex perfectus es” – You’re a complete a**hole
- “Potes meos suaviari clunes” – You can kiss my a**.
- “Futue te ipsum!” – Go f*ck yourself!
- “Perite” – F*ck off!
- “Vacca stulta” – You stupid cow
- fututus et mori in igni” – f**k off and die in a fire
- “Vescere bracis meis” – Eat my shorts
- “Morologus es!” – You’re talking like a moron!
- “Puto vos esse molestissimos” – I think that you are very annoying
- “Qualem blennum!” – What a doofus!
- “Qualem muleirculam!” – What a bimbo
Mater tua tam obesa est ut cum Romae est urbs habet octo colles!
Your mama is so fat when she goes to Rome it has 8 hills!
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