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You're Guaranteed to Win Every Argument With These 11 Multilingual Insults

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Updated: 29 May 2018
This article is part of our Explore Your World Through Language campaign.

Ever want to make a real impression in an argument? Try these 11 poetic insults in European languages and you’ll definitely come out a winner.

Your bad, dead ancestors

Italian: Li mortacci tua!

Means: Your ancestors had questionable morality.

Example:Li mortacci tua! You’re actually the worst.’

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Julia Wytrazek / | © Culture Trip

As stupid as his/her feet

French: Bête comme ses pieds

Means: Very stupid.

Example: ‘The point you’re making is bête comme ses pieds.’

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Toilet

Italian: Cesso

Means: Ugly person.

Example: ‘My date was a total cesso.’

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May the horse kick you

Hungarian: Rúgjon meg a ló!

Means: Curse you!

Example: ‘You took the last jam doughnut from the box when you know they’re my favourite – rúgjon meg a ló!

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May the raven gouge out your eye

Hungarian: A holló vájja ki a szemed!

Means: Curse you!

Example: ‘You’re the worst person on the planet. A holló vájja ki a szemed!

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I’ll give you a slap that will dress you as a bullfighter

Spanish: Te doy una hostia que te visto de torero

Means: I’ll hit you very hard.

Example: ‘If you come one step closer, te doy una hostia que te viste de torero.’

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Go fry asparagus

Spanish: Vete a freír esparragos

Means: Go screw yourself!

Example: ‘You ate my banana?! I was saving that! Vete a freír esparragos! ’

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Pleasure newt

German: Lustmolch

Means: Someone who is sex obsessed.

Example: ‘Ugh, my date last weekend was a total lustmolch.’

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Snot puppy

Danish: Snothvalpe

Means: A brat.

Example: ‘Stop being such a snothvalpe and clean up your mess.’

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May your VCR catch fire

Greek: Boreí to vínteo sas na pyrodotísei!

Means: Screw you!

Example: ‘You watched the new Game of Thrones without me? Boreí to vínteo sas na pyrodotísei!’

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Julia Wytrazek / | © Culture Trip

He put his penis on the table and the table broke

German: Hat er seinen Schwanz auf den Tisch gelegt, und der Tisch bricht in zwei Teile

Means: Used to describe a very arrogant man.

Example: ‘I was in an important meeting and my colleague was so arrogant about his presentation that hat er seinen Schwanz auf den Tisch gelegt, und der Tisch bricht in zwei Teile!

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