On the search for some of the most commonly used Italian insults or have you heard someone say Cagacazzo (dumb)? In today's post, we will walk you through each of the popular ones and give you a full-blown explanation of what it means and when it should only be used. You see, saying curse words has become part of many people's habits, but it does not necessarily mean that they try to offend someone. So here, we will only focus on the common ones and not discuss the rude ones meant to hurt other people.
Italian swear words are on a level of their own with their strong accent and longer forms. In addition, their culture shows that to curse like a real Italian properly, you should use the correct tone, intonation, and gestures to emphasize what you are referring to. But, why exactly do we say these powerful yet vulgar words, right? Do we really mean to harm the feelings of others, or are we simply saying it just because?
Here's what science says:
Swear words and expressions play a huge role in our everyday conversations. More often than not, our main reason for saying such is to express a strong emotional state or signal frustration. However, based on research, swearing using any language you are most comfortable with can help us ease pain, convey our feelings authentically, and relieve ourselves from some emotional tension. So we utter them in almost everything we do.
As you probably noticed, there are also instances wherein the insulting expressions do not directly make use of "bad" words. In cases like this, humans show signs that they are trying their best not to sound offensive or unpleasant by using euphemisms. According to one research, there are practically nine categories of swear words which we usually use on a daily basis:
Below are some of the translations for Italian insults that you have to watch out for.
|Italian insult||Literal translation|
|Porca puttana||Bloody hell, damn|
|Vattela a pigliare in culo||Take it up your ass|
|Levati dai coglioni||Get off my balls|
|Attaccati a sto cazzo||Cling to your own cock|
|Vai a morire ammazzato||Go die murdered|
|Va’ a farti fottere||Go screw yourself|
|Sei una sfigata / Sfigato||Loser|
|Vai a quel paese||Go to hell|
|Lui è un coglione||A jerk|
|Sei un deficiente / Deficiente||You are a moron|
|Sei un rompicoglioni||You are a pain in the ass|
|Sei un cretino / Mammalucco||You are a fool|
|Sei uno stronzo||You are an asshole|
|Sei stupido(a) / Sei scemo(a) / Sei un idiot||You are stupid|
|Pezzo di merda||Piece of shit|
|Vai a cacare||Fuck off|
|Va’ in malora||Go toward ruin|
Now that we already know the Italian insults and their direct translations in English, it's time that we lighten up the insults a bit. In the next part of this post, we will walk you through 10 animals used to call someone out to be behaving as such.
Did you know that there literally extra insulting Italian expressions that make use of animals? Check out the cultural meaning below to find out what it means when someone compares you to one.
|Italian||Translation||Cultural meaning as an insult|
|Cane||Dog||Someone is doing really bad|
|Asino / Somaro||Donkey||Someone who is stupid|
|Pollo||Chicken||Dumb or not thinking twice before believing|
|Coniglio||Rabbit||Someone easily scared or very gullible|
|Verme||Worm||Calling someone as a person without dignity|
So, which of these words have you heard before or are you planning to use with your close friends? Remember, do not use these with people you just met or when you are traveling as some of these can be very rude.
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