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Words in other languages that sound and/or look funny or obscene in English (or vice versa)

The Dutch word "kunt" is the third-person form of the verb "kunnen," which means the same as "can" (to be able to) in English. To further confuse things, "kont" in Dutch translates as "ass".

The English conjuction "as" or "like" can, in Romanian, be translated as "precum".

The Finnish word for "bag" is "pussi."

I'm sure you cunning linguists can come up with more.

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by Anonymousreply 9101/13/2021

Fahrt is German for ride (noun).

by Anonymousreply 110/05/2020

Focal- Irish means “word”.,pronounced fuck-al.

by Anonymousreply 210/05/2020

That pic is hilarious, OP!

by Anonymousreply 310/05/2020

Is this what Datalounge has descended to?

by Anonymousreply 410/05/2020

"How" in Romanian is "cum".

by Anonymousreply 510/05/2020

For Arabic speakers the names Nick (= neek = fuck) and Paul (= bol = piss) tend to raise a smile. Tease’ in English sounds pretty much the same as the Arabic for ‘arse’, and ‘I was’/‘you were’ sounds similar to ‘cunt’, though it’s more like ‘coont’.

by Anonymousreply 610/05/2020

I remember the first time I heard a Dutch person say "kijk" (= look) I thought they were saying the derogatory word for Jews.

by Anonymousreply 710/05/2020

In Brussels - as elsewhere in Belgium, where shops are only allowed to hold sales twice a year - many shops use English signage instead of going through the hassle of posting signs in two languages. So twice a year there are huge signs in all shop windows saying "SALE." Which means "dirty" in French.

by Anonymousreply 810/05/2020

I was at a corner bodega in Buenos Aires and stumbled across a box of tampons called Lips. It tickled me so. I brought a bakers dozen home as gag gifts.

by Anonymousreply 910/05/2020

Fuk is the same in any language

by Anonymousreply 1010/05/2020

"Fokken" (the conjugated forms of which are "fok", "fokken", "fokt") means "to breed [animals]" in Dutch.

The Dutch word for "horses" is "paarden," which sounds just like "pardon" in English.

According to legend, President Kennedy was once at a gathering with some Dutch people, and he got to talking with one of them about his hobbies.

"I fok horses," said the Dutch man.

"Pardon?!" said JFK.

"Ja, paarden!" exclaimed the Dutchie.

by Anonymousreply 1110/05/2020

There a high-end store in Uruguay called "Tits". I assume that it means something else in Spanish.

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by Anonymousreply 1210/05/2020

A popular milk based beverage in Japan sounds like cow piss. Original spelling as Calpis, but changed recently for English speaking markets to Calpico.

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by Anonymousreply 1310/05/2020

R12 Tits! When am I gonna grow tits?

'Pet' in French means 'fart'; 'peter' means 'to fart.'

On the other hand, 'fart' in Swedish means 'speed.' You often see this on roadway signs (e.g., 'fartkontrol' which means 'speed check'). However, 'infart' means 'entrance.'

Lastly, Fucking is a village in Austria (see link).

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by Anonymousreply 1410/31/2020

Thailand is full of dirty sounding places - Bangcock, Phuket

by Anonymousreply 1511/01/2020
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The Dutch word 'troep' (pronounced 'troop') means 'mess', 'junk'. Which sounds just like the Russian word for 'cadaver'. So if you made a mess in your bathtub, be careful how you phrase it.

Also, the German word 'Herr' means 'dick' in Russian.

by Anonymousreply 1711/01/2020

Phoque is French for a seal--the animal.

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by Anonymousreply 1911/01/2020

The Welsh for "five" is "pump. However, the first letter mutates to a 'b' (because reasons) in some situations, and the final 'p' is usually omitted if there is another word. So "five to five" is "bum i bump".

The word for squash (the game) is "sboncen", with a hard 'c'.

by Anonymousreply 2011/01/2020

Oh, and how could I forget the word for "valley": cwm (w is pronounced as a short 'u')

by Anonymousreply 2111/01/2020

Pedo in Spanish = FART

by Anonymousreply 2211/01/2020

The Zürich airport is actually in the town of Kloten, so the airport is often referred to as simply “Kloten” airport.

“Kloten” is Dutch slang for “testicles.”

by Anonymousreply 2311/01/2020

There’s a town in Germany called Titz, and one in Belgium called Asse. Titz and Asse are about 200 km apart.

by Anonymousreply 2411/01/2020

'Cucina' sounds like young pussy.

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by Anonymousreply 2511/01/2020

Swedish word for "the end". Here's the title card you can often see at the end of Swedish movies:

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by Anonymousreply 2611/01/2020

the airport in Calcutta used to be called Dum Dum

by Anonymousreply 2711/01/2020

Brazilian are amused by Payday candy bars, as "peidei" translates as "I farted".

And they refused to buy Ford Pintos in the 1970's since pinto means "little dick".

by Anonymousreply 2811/01/2020

The Maori Wh is pronounced F, as is the Dutch V.

Whakatani sounds like Fuck a Tani

And Vondelpark is Fondlepark (yes it is!)

by Anonymousreply 2911/01/2020

Car (spelt kar) means penis in Albanian.

by Anonymousreply 3011/01/2020

"Jussipussi" translates as "Smollethole" in Swedish.

by Anonymousreply 3111/01/2020

During the Gorbachev years, a hula troupe went on a goodwill tour to Russia. During one of their numbers, they yelled “HUI!” (which means, approximately, “social group” or “club” in Hawaiian) and encouraged the audience to do the same.

They couldn’t figure out why the audiences always giggled at that, until someone explained that “hui” is Russian slang for “dick.”

by Anonymousreply 3211/01/2020

R27 same with the Chevy Nova which means "No Go"

by Anonymousreply 3311/01/2020

I worked at a restaurant where we served penne alla vodka. One of the girls I worked with pronounced it "pene alla vodka". I tried correcting her and she said she pronounced it correctly. I finally told her "penne" is the pasta, "pene" is Italian for penis.

by Anonymousreply 3411/01/2020

my favorite so far is Swedish "Fahrtkontrol" signs along the highway

by Anonymousreply 3511/01/2020

Hey Siri

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by Anonymousreply 3611/01/2020

R35 it's actually 'fartkontrol.'

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by Anonymousreply 3711/01/2020

R14, that sign has been stolen ca 15 times by infantile British/American tourists who just can't resist. There is also a Movie "Bad Fucking", which in German means "Fucking Springs".

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by Anonymousreply 3811/01/2020

In Spanish, a tilde is the only difference between “año” (year) and “ano” (anus). If you write “yo tengo 25 anos,” you are actually saying that you have 25 anuses.

For this reason, the state of California is very careful to include the tilde on signs for Año Nuevo State Park.

by Anonymousreply 3911/01/2020

The Dutch have some hilarious names like Joke, Job (pronounced like the British slang term 'yob') and Ferry.

Job (pronounced as 'yob') means 'fuck' in Russian.

by Anonymousreply 4011/01/2020

[quote]Oh, and how could I forget the word for "valley": cwm (w is pronounced as a short 'u')

So that old Roddy McDowall movie would be "How Green Was My CUM?"

by Anonymousreply 4111/01/2020

"Volvo" sounds like "vulva":

"Volvo was named after the Latin word, “volvere,” meaning “to roll.” “Volvere” is the infinitive form of the verb – conjugated into the 1st person, it is “volvo,” ("I roll")."

by Anonymousreply 4211/01/2020

"Barf" means "snow" in Farsi.

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by Anonymousreply 4311/02/2020

Not a different language, but fanny in the U.S. means butt and in the UK it's slang for pussy.

by Anonymousreply 4411/04/2020

The Rolls Royce Silver Mist had trouble attracting a luxury clientele in Germany, where the word "mist" is a term translating to "shit".

by Anonymousreply 4511/04/2020

Puerto Rico has some interesting ones. In Spain, *bicho* means bug/insect, but in PR it's slang for penis. Similarly, toto in PR is slang for vagina.

Elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world, paloma means dove, but in Guatemala it's slang for penis.

by Anonymousreply 4611/04/2020

The old Al Jolson film "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!" (score by Rodgers & Hart) had to be retitled "Hallelujah, I'm a Tramp!" for release in Great Britain and part of the title song reshot with a changed lyric.

by Anonymousreply 4711/04/2020

If you’ve got Alexa, ask what ‘Donald Trump Carrots 100’ is in Welsh.

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by Anonymousreply 4811/04/2020

If you’ve got Alexa, ask what ‘Donald Trump Carrots 100’ is in Welsh.

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by Anonymousreply 4911/04/2020

The Chinese word for "that" or simply "umm" sounds like the N word in English. It almost got Yao Ming into trouble in the locker room.

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by Anonymousreply 5011/04/2020

Putin is a source of endless mirth in Bulgaria because his name means "Cuntin" (or "Cuntson" in English) in the language.

by Anonymousreply 5111/04/2020

R48 - oh yes, I forgot about moron! Growing up in Cardiff, it was a common school-yard insult to call someone "an absolute carrot".

by Anonymousreply 5211/05/2020

R26 Ha I remember that Swedish word! It was on Ellen.

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by Anonymousreply 5311/05/2020

Also in Bulgarian, "kur" means "cock". In Russian, kur means "chickens" (plural). So it's always awkward to listen to Russians order in a restaurant.

"Yes, we'll have the cock, please."

by Anonymousreply 5411/05/2020

R54 'chickens' in Russian is 'tsyplyata'. Chicken as a dish is 'kuritsa'. 'Kur' doesn't mean anything.

by Anonymousreply 5511/05/2020

R55, really? Then what does "Ну ладно, дайте кур" mean? Цыплята is baby chicks.

by Anonymousreply 5611/05/2020

[quote]Oh, and how could I forget the word for "valley": cwm (w is pronounced as a short 'u')

Cwm of the Dolls starring sex kitten Helen Lawson.

by Anonymousreply 5711/05/2020

R56 in your sentence 'kur' is the genitive case, plural form of 'kura'. The word 'kur' on its own does not exist and doesn't mean anything without a context.

by Anonymousreply 5811/05/2020

While we are on the subject of Russian and cum, the Spanish word 'concha' (shell) is a slang word for 'cum' in Russian.

by Anonymousreply 5911/05/2020

“Like, hi, I’m, like, a Cwm girl!”

by Anonymousreply 6011/05/2020

The Afrikaans word for side (as in, "The box has 4 sides"), is kant, pronounced as you'd probably imagine. The word for box "doos" is a common insult meaning cunt or pussy. Hence "the box has 4 sides" becomes "die doos het vier kante" or "the cunt has 4 cunts".

by Anonymousreply 6111/05/2020

I don't know whether this is true but I've read it a few times over the years.

Mara Maru is a noirish early '50s action adventure film starring Errol Flynn. He plays a salvage diver after WWII in Manila and gets involved with sunken treasure, murder and what not. The Mara Maru of the title is his boat, which is featured prominently in the action.

At any rate, Warner Bros, was horrified to find out after its release that in some Asian languages Mara Maru translates as Shit Boat. But being to cheap to recall the film from the affected regions and fix it right, Warners instead just issued new posters with a new title and then paid people to unspool the prints and manually scratch out the boat's name wherever it appeared.

by Anonymousreply 6211/05/2020

Faggots are meatballs in the U.K.

by Anonymousreply 6311/06/2020

^ Speaking of British English, "fag" means cigarette, "rubber" means eraser, and "trump" means fart.

by Anonymousreply 6411/07/2020

R64 and 'pants' refer to underpants.

by Anonymousreply 6511/07/2020

Coca Cola was originally translated as kedou kenla into Chinese, literally "tadpole chews wax."

by Anonymousreply 6611/07/2020

The English word cut is pronounced the same as the Dutch kut (cunt). English foot is close to the French foutre (fuck).

by Anonymousreply 6711/07/2020

To go with R63

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by Anonymousreply 6811/07/2020

Alas... there will be no more Fucking in Austria.

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by Anonymousreply 6911/26/2020

Many years ago, I went to a TITS bar in Belgium.

by Anonymousreply 7011/26/2020

The Engrish website never disappoints.

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by Anonymousreply 7111/26/2020

This is the kind of thread I like - anything to do with languages and puns and stuff like that. And R11, that joke is right up my alley!

This picture always makes me smile. And reminds me of when I was in Berlin, and all my photos had that Die Welt balloon in them, but always turned in such a way that it just read: "Die".

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by Anonymousreply 7211/26/2020

And R26, your post reminded me of this.

At this station [italic]everyone[/italic] gets off!

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by Anonymousreply 7311/26/2020

German has a verb, “wanken”, which does not mean what you think it does.

by Anonymousreply 7411/26/2020

The infamous Egg Slut.

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by Anonymousreply 7511/26/2020

Get your JIZZ on!

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by Anonymousreply 7611/26/2020

Just for awhile?

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by Anonymousreply 7711/26/2020

R65 - yes, while living in London, I announced to my office mates that I had "specially bought these pants to wear to work today", to their great amusement.

by Anonymousreply 7811/26/2020

Here's one between two languages that aren't English.

In Romanian, one way to say "kid" as in a child is to say "puşti". In Greek, a "pousti" is a poofter.

by Anonymousreply 7911/26/2020

Mmmm, I know what I'm having for Christmas dinner, Fried Spit!

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by Anonymousreply 8011/26/2020

There was a highly-placed Dutch politician named Ruud Lubbers, whose name always sounded to me like another term for dirty songs.

Italian 'basta' means "enough."

And Latin 'anus' is "an old woman."

by Anonymousreply 8111/26/2020

Since town names are allowed. There's a town in France called Condom.

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by Anonymousreply 8211/26/2020

The Danish word for a small seaside cliff is "clit"--it's a common place name. And so you also hear surnames like "Klitgaard" (a field adjacent to the small seaside cliff).

"Slut" means end/finished. "Fart" means speed. A slang term for penis is "pik," which just looks funny to me--if you want to call someone a cocksucker, you call them "pikslikker."

One of the first women I encountered in Denmark had the surname "Bitsch."

by Anonymousreply 8311/26/2020

The pause that refreshes!

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by Anonymousreply 8411/26/2020

Lesbians take notice.

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by Anonymousreply 8511/26/2020

Any takers?

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by Anonymousreply 8611/26/2020

In India, English spelling can often be pretty fluid.

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by Anonymousreply 8711/26/2020

R69 You'd think they would welcome the tourism.

by Anonymousreply 8811/27/2020

Fucking's new name Fugging sounds like a euphemism for fucking, anyway.

♪ An' we're gonna beat every last fuggin' gang on the whole fuggin' street!

On the whole fuggin' ever lovin' street! ♫

by Anonymousreply 8911/27/2020

I have a feeling this guy doesn't know what his shirt says.

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by Anonymousreply 9001/13/2021

r1: I was amused to find that the German version of The Big Trail (Raoul Walsh) is entitled "Die Grosse Fahrt" I'm easily amused I guess.

by Anonymousreply 9101/13/2021
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