You don’t know me, but if you did, you would know that I don’t swear, much. And no, it’s not because I have delicate sensibilities, mother f***er. I do curse a bit, but I just prefer to save my profanity for specific moments so that I can really get the full effect of the s**t, f**k, mother f*****g **shole, etc.
So here’s my question, especially for all of you expats out there: Do you partake in the Spanish curse words? And for you Spanish readers: Doesn’t it sound a little strange hearing us guiris curse in Spanish?
In Spain, you come to find out quickly that cursing, and cursing often, is a strong part of the culture. It’s not like you don’t hear cursing in the states. There is a lot of cursing between friends, coworkers, etc. But am I wrong in thinking that its just so much worse here?I mean, even as an adult, I would never say “fuck, mom” to my mother. She would kill me, yet here you see kids saying, “joder, mama!” without a second thought.
For me personally, I just find it to be so very overdone and it’s still so grating to my ears after all these years.
I have American friends that manage to totally blend in with their Spanish-ish “coño!”‘s and “joder, macho!”‘s, but I always feel like no matter how fluent they are in the language, they always come off looking like imposters, and also kind of douchey.
But then again, swearing here is just a part of the culture, so shouldn’t I try to step it up a notch?
What do you think?
Should I add a couple of “coño!” to my conversations?
Should I shout out “gillipollas!” every time I see Zapatero on TV?
“Hijo de puta” works in every situation, right?
What type of expat are you: willing to do anything to fit in with your Spaniard friends or sticking to your proper American/English ways?