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Spanish swearing: Different types of swearing in Spanish

Street Spanish – Different types of swearing in Spanish

This lesson is part of my “Street Spanish” course which is aimed at giving you all of the necessary Spanish vocabulary and expressions for speaking colloquially in Spanish.

In this lesson we will see many different types of swearing in Spanish such as “Decir tacos” (To swear), “Usar palabras guarras” (To use dirty words) or “Usar palabrotas” (To use big words). This type of speaking is all part of the Spanish “Lenguaje soez” (“The low language”).

The Spanish vocabulary and expressions that you will find in this course are not the kind that you will find in regular textbooks and some should be used with caution as they are quite vulgar, but I want to give you an insight into exactly how Spanish people really speak on the street.

I would like to invite you to add you own additional Spanish phrases relevant to this topic. I have listed here the Spanish phrases that I can think of, but for sure there are many many more and I would love to hear your suggestions. Please use the comment form below….

Different types of swearing in Spanish:

“El lenguaje soez”: The low language

Maldiciones: Curse words
Maldecir: To curse

Palabrotas: Big words
Usar palabrotas: To use big words

Insultos: Insults
Insultar: To insult

Vulgaridades: Vulgarities
Usar vulgaridades: To use vulgarities

Tacos: Swear words
Decir tacos: To say swear words

Palabras guarras: Dirty words
Usar palabras guarras: To use dirty words

Groserías: Impolite words
Usar groserías: To use impolite words

Palabras feas: Ugly words
Decir palabras feas: To say ugly words

Injuria: Slander
Injuriar: To slander

Irreverencias: Profanities
Usar irreverencias: To use profanities

Blasfemia: Blasphemy
Blafemar: To blaspheme

Jurar (por Dios): To swear (in the name of God)

Echar votos y reniegos: To swear

Renegar: To renounce God / Blaspheme


  1. Decir tacos!
    Oh, that is hilarious.I’m sure Mexican people are quite confused if they hear that. ;)

    • hijo del puta!
      thats what u say when a guy pisses u off.

  2. How about.. ‘Ser un plasta’ – to be a pain in the butt/neck

    Love the blog


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