13 foreign words that sound rude in English

If you’re learning a foreign language you’ve probably been in this situation before: getting all excited about coming across a seemingly familiar word only to find out that its actual meaning is very different from what you expected. There’s no doubt that false friends – i.e. words or expressions that have similar forms to the ones in a person’s native language, but different meanings – can be a major minefield for language students.

In some cases, however, false friends can also be a source of great amusement: below are 13 foreign words that may be completely innocuous in their native language, but sound very rude indeed to English ears.

1. Slagroom

Language: Dutch
Translation: whipped cream

2. Biche

Language: French
Translation: doe

3. Fahrt

Language: German
Translation: drive, ride, trip

4. Prick

Language: Swedish
Translation: dot, check, spot

5. Phoque

Language: French
Translation: seal

6. Damit

Language: German
Translation: with it/them, thereupon, thus, so that

7. Kant

Language: Dutch
Translation: side, border

8. Slutspurt

Language: Swedish
Translation: finish

9. Faca

Language: Portuguese
Translation: knife

10. Coque

Language: French
Translation: seashell

11. Dick

Language: German
Translation: thick, fat

12. Drug

Language: Russian
Translation: friend

13. Womit

Language: German
Translation: whereby, with what

Oxford Dictionaries February 24 2016

Categories: Other languages
Tags: Dutchfalse friendFrenchGermanother languagespopularPortugueserudeRussianSwedish
Disqus Comments Loading...



Further Reading

We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.