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Sexy & Dirty Chinese Words [NSFW]

Posted in China, Language, Sex by Elliott Back on November 5th, 2006.

One of the things you want to know when learning a language is all the bad words and phrases. Besides knowing how to come on to someone, or swear really well, learning what a culture uses to express its strongest, most vehement word-forms can tell you a lot. That’s where this handy list in Swedish, Chinese, and English comes in.

For summary’s sake, here are the most useful terms:

  • 性 xìng = sex
  • 性生活 xìngshēnghuó = sex life
  • 肏 cào = to f*ck (vulgar)
  • 打炮 dă pāo = have intercourse
  • 老屄 lăobī = old hag (vulgar)
  • 牛屄 niúbī = really phat, way beyond cool (vulgar)
  • 艺妓 yìjì = geisha

There are also a huge number of words to describe prostitutes, various parts of intercourse, STDs, and other such things.

However, when you look at some of the etymologies, barring things which are simply put together piecemeal in the expected way (性生活 being 性 + 生活), you can derive a more interesting cultural view. For example, 肏 is 入 + 肉, literally to enter meat, from which we learn that sex in China is defined by the language as a male-dominating act. This isn’t unexpected, but it’s interesting how language ties into culture, especially in these taboo waters.

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5 Responses to “Sexy & Dirty Chinese Words [NSFW]”

  1. fiLi says:

    Heh, cool :D

  2. HJ says:

    You’re missing the first character in the 6th word — it should read 牛屄 (literally, cow’s ******)

  3. Elliott Back says:

    You’re so right–oops!

  4. Chris says:

    Hello:

    I am actually looking for Mandarin ( Putonghua ) Chinese words, as well in Chinese characters ( Hanzi ) as in pinyin ( to know how to pronunciate ) and of course the English translation. Words I want to know are : ******* ; **** ; bimbo [ good to know to call to my wife ( she's from Shanghai, and she will not tell me these words ) when have arguements :-D ] ; f**ck you ( up yours ) ; fock off.
    Thanks in advance,
    Chris.

  5. M0ut0N says:

    YOU DIRTY LITTLE HAMSTER

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