Gros mots – Today’s French


French Swearing. What are French swear words?

Edith Piaf did it, French President Sarkozy too. The French swear quite readily. The 2013 Palme d’Or Movie winner – La vie d’Adèle d’Abdellatif Kechiche – is full of swear words.

Because swearing is pretty common, I felt I needed to make up this worksheet. However, it’s not for everyone. Please use with caution, only when you need to curse. It happens, I know ?

The French you learn in the classroom is not the same as the French you’ll hear on the street or in the movies. Swearing is very much part of street French.

Here are common “gros mots”, swear words or expressions. These words are pretty common in the French language, even if the English translation seems offensive.

Common swear words and expressions used in French

Mild cursing in French

  1. branleur, branleuse …. jerk
  2. casse-toi …. go away
  3. c’est con …. It’s too bad, it’s stupid
  4. c’est des conneries …. it’s B.S.
  5. c’est le bordel  …. it’s a mess
  6. con …. stupid, jerk
  7. emmerdant, emmerdante …. annoying
  8. les boules …. it sucks
  9. merde …. shit
  10. merder …. to make a blunder
  11. pauvre con …. poor little jerk
  12. ta gueule …. shut the fuck up
  13. tire-toi …. get lost
  14. vachement …. really
  15. zut …. snap, darn



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Related: Lambert Wilson on swearing . ‘Blue is the Warmest Color won the Palme d’or in Cannes in 2013 . Faire, Ficher, Foutre .

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