Why learn curse words?

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Some people say that using curse words is a sign of a small vocabulary. Whether it’s true or not, it’s a part of language. Even if you would never use these words, learning and understanding them can help you with fluency.

By the way, a potty mouth refers to someone who swears.
Profanity is another way of saying cursing or swearing.

This man needs to let off some steam!

A new study shows that cursing may be a sign of intelligence. Read this article here.

Curse words have changed over the years

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1950s: Woman with surprised look. (Photo by George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Video practice

Watch comedian Ismo talk about the word ass.

Here’s another video about British curse words.

irish curse words

Curse words and their meanings

American curse words

More curse words

Ass curse words


Also: God Dammit/dammit/damn you

Damn: Expression of dismay or disappointment.
“It’s raining really hard.”
“Damn. I was hoping to go for a run.”

Damn (Adj): To add a feeling of stigma/negativity to a noun.
“That damn taxi driver overcharged us!”

To Give a Damn: To express how little you care.
“Susan thinks your boyfriend is an idiot.”
“I don’t give a damn what Susan thinks.”

Damn You: To express that you are upset with another person.
“I dropped your Ipad and cracked the screen.”
“Damn you! I just bought that!”

Closed a door on your hand? “God dammit! That hurt!”



Go to Hell: Expression of anger.

“I want to break up with you.”
“Go to Hell!”

To Hell with it: It’s not important.

“I can’t find an umbrella.”
“Hell with it, I have a hood.”

Hell yeah: Used as emphasis for yes/no questions.

“Do you want to see Beyonce in concert?”
“Hell yeah!” (non-vulgar: heck yeah)


Angry woman

A bitch: someone who’s angry or mean
“I can’t stand my boss. She is such a bitch.”

To bitch: To whine or complain.
“I am tired of waiting in this line.”
“Quit your bitching.”

To bitch someone out: To yell at or criticize.
“My boss just bitched me out for not having handing my report in on time.”

Something is a bitch: It is difficult
“This new program is a bitch to learn.”

Bitch, please: another way of saying “no” or “are you serious?”
“Don’t you think your skirt is too short?”
“Bitch, please.”

Bitch slap: To slap someone with the back of your hand.
“Did you see that?! She just got bitched slapped!”

My bitches: Some women will use this to refer to their group of friends.
“Hey my bitches!”
“What’s up, bitches?”


*** Know your audience when you use this word!

Fuck is a vulgar way of talking about sex. It is a strong word that also means…..
Fuck (ADJ, ADV, N) is used to emphasize something.
It can also be used to describe love, hate, pain or pleasure.

Adjective: “Why am I doing all the fucking cleaning?”
Adverb: “That guy yells too fucking much.”
Adverb enhancing adjective: “That TV show is fucking awesome.”
Noun: “I don’t give a fuck.” (I don’t care at all)
As part of a word: “Abso-fucking-lutely.” or “Un-fucking-believable.”

It can be used to describe…
Fraud—”I got fucked over on that last Ebay sale.”
Dismay—”Ahh fuck this.”
Trouble—”Your wife called. You’re so fucked.”
Aggression, pain—”Don’t mess with him. He’ll fuck you up.”
Inquiry—“Who the fuck is she?”
Dissatisfaction—“That waiter fucking sucked.”
Bewilderment—“What the fuck?”
Stupidity—”I can’t believe he did that. What a dumb fuck”
Misfortune—”That’s fucked up.”
Caring—”I don’t give a fuck.”
Agitation—”Don’t fuck me about.” (UK) “Quit fucking with me.” (US)
Dismissal—”Fuck off.” or “Fuck you.”

Sometimes just saying “fuck” says it all!


A vulgar word for fecal matter.
To be shit: Can mean both horrible or great.
“That movie was shit!” and “that movie was the shit!” are opposites.

Up shits creek: To be in an extremely bad situation.
“Yeah, I was up shits creek.“

(Holy) Shit: Expression of surprise, dismay.
“(Holy) shit!“

Shit-faced: To be extremely drunk
Shit out of luck: To have bad luck.
“The subway is closed for the night”
“Damn, we’re shit out of luck!“

Dumb Shit/ Shit for Brains: Someone who’s not very smart.
“Hey dumb shit-wait for the light.”

Get your shit together: Calm down, rise above your problems.
“Don’t be a baby. Get your shit together.”

This shit: Used in place of stuff / thing(s).
“Clean this shit up.”

Bullshit: To express disbelief.
“I have a girlfriend.” “Bullshit!” (B.S.)

Shoot the shit: Small talk
“What’s up?”
“Nothing. Just shooting the shit.”

To be in deep shit: Big trouble.
“My mom just called!”
“You’re in deep shit now.”

Taste like shit: Horrible.
“These cookies taste like shit.”

Know your shit: To be very smart.
“The IT guy knows his shit.”

A shit-ton (of something): To emphasize ton (do a lot of something)
“I got a shit ton of homework to do.”

Body parts as curse words

Cock (a rooster) is also referred to as a man’s penis.
Cock-block: to prevent a woman from meeting a man

“People don’t know you’re gay. You’re a total cock-block here.”

A dick is a man’s penis but can also mean a selfish person.
“He just cut in line.”
“What a dick.”

**It’s also the nickname for Richard!

Dickhead: an idiot or a jerk
“Don’t go out with him. He’s a total dickhead.”

Cunt (a vulgar word for vagina)
is one of the worst things you could call a woman in America.
It is more commonly used in Australia and parts of the UK.
“I can’t believe she gave you the wrong number. What a cunt.”

Cunt: a stupid, incompetent person (UK). “Shut up, you cunt.”

Pussy (also vulgar word for vagina): someone who is afraid.
This is used more by men than women and is also VERY offensive.
“Jack’s not coming skydiving with us.”
“What a pussy.”

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