Take what stance you will over curse words; anyone with an affinity for poetry will tell you that they are essential elements of language. Vulgarity aside, curse words have a lot going for them. So much of music and liveliness in languages comes from curse words, and the case is much the same with Nepali curse words.
Pick and choose your curse words nicely, and you just have so many subtle ways to express your disharmony with the world. Knowing the meanings of your favorite curse words only serves to tighten your groove with this disharmony.
So, here are 11 Nepali curse words along with their meanings to help you use them wisely.
Disclaimer: Obviously, a lot of curse words below. We’re trying to keep it SFW, but there’s only so much you can say without saying it.
Let’s start out with the biggies — one that every Nepali favors, but few know the meaning of. Humans have two major orifices. Muji refers to the crinkled opening of the lower one. The adjective is not our addition, though; the Hamro Nepali English Dictionary seems to specifically mention it. It’s somewhat like saying water is wet, but we’re not complaining.
This word refers to the hair that is situated you-know-where. Hint number two: regardless of race or genetics, this hair always takes a few turns on its way.
Paji is a simple enough word that refers to the children of donkeys. They’re somewhat old-school and if you’re looking for curse words that are somewhat harmless, maybe paji is a word ripe for comeback.
A torilaure is someone who brags pointlessly about things that they don’t have. More specifically, they’re always on about how cool they are or how nice their suun ko hatti is. But the moment someone asks them to show up, they lose their pompous air and shut up quickly.
Paataki is a curse word that is quite elegant, if one may say so. It finds its origin in the word paatak, which refers to a sin so heinous that it is guaranteed to pull you down to hell. In turn, paataki refers to a person who is excessively sinful; basically, this person has already booked their ticket to hell.
If you didn’t know, ghantauke refers to someone with a humongous head. You could call the filter below the ghantauke filter and be technically correct in the nomenclature.
Ghaito is a typical Nepali word for a round earthen pot. So, when someone calls you a ghaite, remember the features of this pot — small, round, maybe even dwarfish (as per the Hamro Nepali English Dictionary).
8. Aadey (आँडे)
Without mincing our words, aadey is the word you would use to refer to a man with only one testicle.
A bhatmara is essentially a lazy person; he seeks to make no effort off his own but rather lives off of others.
Now let’s move ahead to the bonus section, and get into some fun Newari curse words, shall we?
It’s every Nepali’s favorite non-Nepali curse word. Every Nepali has surprised themselves at least once by uttering this word at random. Unfortunately, this is one of those universal curse words that are found in many different languages.
Given its truly vulgar nature, we will try to convey the meaning through a few hints. Hint number one: it’s the one word that Samuel L Jackson is most renowned for. Hint number two: the tragic Greek protagonist Oedipus is well-familiar with this word.
While almost every Nepali is familiar with the word mampakha, few know of this other gem hiding within Nepal Bhasa. It relates with a bit of potty humor making it not only SFW but even PG. Khimhuru refers to someone who is excessively prone to go potty in their pants.
So, these are a few Nepali (and non-Nepali) curse words along with their meanings. Hopefully, you’ve gained new perspective on some classic curse words and maybe even learned a few more on the way. Have fun with them! Use the knowledge wisely, and follow Yeti Yap on Facebook.