Swedish swear words/courses (warning for content)

Warning: This post has Swedish and English swear words/curses in it and can offend people. Don’t read if you are easily offended!

Hello Everyone, this morning when I woke up and I heard my mom mumbling to herself so I couldn’t fall asleep again, I suddenly got a thought that I had never thought about before.

Is it true that we Swedish people have more swear words than English people? So I started to google it and I found that some people had said that Americans do swear more than other language (don’t know if it’s true) But I couldn’t find which country had the most swear words. But I could find some of the worst curses from different countries, which was a hilarious read. If you want to read about it just google “country worst curses”

But that isn’t what I’m supposed to talk about now. So how will I get to know if English have more curses/swear words than Swedish people? I ask the people x) Here comes a list of our Swedish swear words and an explanation on what they means in English and I will also maybe discuss about how evil or lame they are. Tell me if you can come up with more Swear words in your own language x)

Swedish courses/Swear words (I wanted to put them into a spoiler thingy but the code didn’t work):

Neger – a black person or just black, this is often used with jävla before the word “Jävla neger” and are racialist, so you aren’t really allowed to say it in Sweden. The funny thing with that is that we have a chocolate candy that is named “neger boll” (black ball) and now a days people don’t dare to say that word because they don’t want to hurt black peoples feelings so now it is named chocolate balls instead. Neger were from the beginning just a word for the word black, do we really become racialists just because we call a chocolate ball for a neger ball?

Hora – lit. whore, the funny thing is that it is never used for people that are whores. For the most you just throw the words on girls that happen to have done something you didn’t like or if a girl shows a lot of skin in a tempting way. We often use djävla before the word)

Djävla… – Often used before a curse/swear word to make it stronger. If I would try to use a English word for it then it would probably be “you damn” So use it in a sentence “You damn whore” (din djävla hora)

Din djävul – This isn’t so much used anymore, it isn’t that strong now a days. It literary means “you devil”

Djävlar – lit. devils, but it’s used as “shit” and can be combined with a lot of words. “Djävla fitt helvete” for example. This sentence is used mainly when hitting a toe and you scream it while jumping up and down and makes a comedy show for everyone that is close by.

Fitta – it literary means vagina but has lately been used as a swear word. We have two words for vagina, one is vagina (not pronounced like in English) and the other one is fitta that is considered a much uglier name for it. It is used like the word whore, you scream it mostly at females if they have done something you don’t like. It can also be used as “shit” you just scream it right out when hitting something.

Kukhuvud – lit. dickhead! I haven’t heard this so much in Swedish but it does exists even though it isn’t the most common. Mostly it is used on people that only thinks about sex, or at least it should be but it’s actually used for all guys often by guys because they can’t come up with something else to say.

(jävla) Bög – gay, this is used to question a guys manliness, by calling him a damn gay they man that he aren’t manly enough. When I tell my friend that he is so damn gay then I mean it because he actually are gay. Which are funny because he laughs while people around us asks “WHY THE FUCK DID YOU SAY THAT?” And thinks I have insulted him xD

Arsle/rövhål – butt/asshole, used when someone has made you really angry and has hurt your feelings. Like if someone cheats on you. What I know it is mostly common to use on guys.

Dra åt helvete – Go to hell, used when you want someone to disappear.

Helvete – lit. hell, but has the same meaning as “shit” you scream it when you have hurt your toe.

Idiot – idiot, well I think you know what it means.
Skit – shit. (often used with djävla before it)

störd (only curse in a sentence – du är så jävla störd) – you are so damn disturbed/retarded
Efterbliven – retarded, the same use as störd.

(jävla) Gubbe – old man/geezer, (it becomes more a curse if you say jävla gubb jävel, damn geezer damn?)

snorunge – snotkid, if a kid is irritating then he/she is often called a snotkid. Gosh that sounds so damn funny in English xD

Fan – lit. devil/fan/damn. Used as damn or shit when something bad has happened.

Piss – piss/urine, often used by kids before they have gotten to know the real swear words.

Din mamma… – your mom.. I don’t know how it is in other schools but in my school it is mostly immigrants that does “your mom.” So they say your mom and then they say something about your mom, the person that they probably have never meet. Of course there is some Swedish people that also says this curse but in my school it isn’t that common to hear the Swedish people saying it because we think that it is such a boring thing to say. It’s funnier to say whore than criticize someones mom. xD

Jag ska knulla dig – I shall fuck you, I haven’t heard anyone use this curse, but I have heard stories about immigrants saying it. But I don’t know how true it is. What I know is that it is used by people that wants to beat the shit out of someone.

(Jävla) CP –  cerebral palsy (a sickness), is used to say that someone is stupid. When I were younger a trend of saying cp had just started so I used this all the time.

I hope you have learned something useful, or maybe not. The most curses that I haven’t written is such that little kids says or that is too old to considered swear words today or that is so alike another that I don’t have to say it.

So  what have we learned? Well… English people have learned to swear in Swedish so now people won’t understand when you are saying something mean to them xD

Now a question, when does a swear word become a swear word? How mean must it be? Can an old Swear word that isn’t considered a swear word for the young people still be a swear word? When does a word stop being a swear word and when does it start?

Think about that when you are trying to sleep tonight 😉

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