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Rude travel phrasebooks: How to curse like a local

Published October 5th, 2015

We've shown you how to eat like a local, hit the beach like a local and find the best locals' boozers. Now, should your holiday fail to be the sanctum of relaxation and tranquillity you'd planned, you can even curse like a native. Arm yourself with the expressions you really need when temperatures (and tempers) rise abroad with these colourful phrases – in French, German, Italian and Spanish – taken from the Marco Polo Phrasebooks series.

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French

Ta gueule!/Ferme ta gueule!/Ferme ton clapet! – Shut your mouth!

De l'air!/Dégage!/Va te faire foutre! – Piss off/Go screw yourself!

Tête de nœud/Un nain – Dickhead/Prick/Complete idiot

Un fouille-merde – Shit-stirrer

être con comme un balais – To be as daft as a brush

Un lèche-cul – Arse kisser

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German

Völliger Bockmist – Complete bullshit

Es ist zum Kotzen! – It makes you want to puke!

Arschloch!/Du Arsch! – Arse/asshole! You arse!

Trottel! – Jerk!

Das ist keinen Pfifferling wert – It's not worth a damn/straw

Miststück!/Mistkerl! – Douchebag!


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Italian

Un guastafeste – A party pooper

Farsela addosso/farsela sotto/Cagarsi sotto – To shit your pants with fear

È un gasato – He's/She's a boaster/A blowhard

Stronzo – Son of a bitch

Pezzo di merda – Scumbag

Rompicoglioni – A pain in the arse

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Spanish

¡Qué chorrada! – What bullshit!

Una patada en los cojones/huevos – A real kick in the nuts

Estar pedo/Llevar un pedo – To be as drunk as a skunk

Ser un bocazas – To have a large trap

¡Métetelo donde te quepa! – You can stick that where the sun don't shine!


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