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There is something so satisfying about learning swear words in another language. That’s why so many new language learners rush to ask native speakers how to say things like, “f*ck you,” “sh*t,” and “you’re an idiot.”
After Rachel wrote this article with 8 swear words to add sass to your Italian vocabulary, we thought it would only be fair to follow up with another list of insults.
They range from affectionately rude (like to tease your friends) all the way to when you’re really angry, or when you’re incazzato nero (totally pissed off).
Some basic vocab for you:
— Gli insulti – Insults
— Insultare – To insult
— Sei pazzo(a)? – Are you crazy?
— Sei diventato pazzo(a)? – Have you gone crazy?
— Sei impazzito(a)? – Have you gone insane?
— Ci sei cascato come una pirla! – You fell for it like a stupid person!
If there’s an “a” in parentheses, it means that this adjective can be masculine or feminine. Remember that adjectives also change in number in Italian. If you’re unfamiliar with this grammar concept, click here for a refresher.
— Sei una sfigata. – You’re a loser.
— Vai a quel paese. – Go to hell.
— Lui è un coglione. – He’s a jerk.
— Sei un cretino. – You’re a fool.
— Sei uno stronzo. – You’re an asshole.
— Sei stupido(a). – You’re stupid.
— Bastardo(a). – Bastard.
— Pezzo di merda. – Piece of shit.
— Sei un deficiente. – You’re a moron.
— Chissenefrega? – Who the hell cares?
— Non hai capito una sega! – You don’t understand shit!
— Ti sei bevuto / fumato il cervello. – You’re crazy.
— Lui è proprio un bischero. – He’s an idiot.
Rachel mentioned the one above in a list of phrases to sound more Tuscan.
— Sei scemo(a)! – You’re stupid!
— Puttana! – Bitch!
— Porca troia! – Whore!
— Sei un idiota. – You’re an idiot.
— Sei un rompicoglioni. – You’re a pain in the ass / ball breaker.
— Vai a cacare – Fuck off !!
— Zoccola. – Whore.
— Troia. – Whore.
— Figlio di puttana. – Motherf*cker.
— Sei una testa di cazzo! – You’re a dickhead.
— Vaffanculo. – F*ck you.
— Li mortacci tua! – Your dead bastard ancestors.
The last one is a Roman phrase that’s extra extra insulting but it’s used all over Italy.
Have questions? Or want to know how say a different insult? Leave a comment below. 🙂
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