I Swear…

The wealth of Serbian swear words is a particular problem to English translators…

This is a great article on the history of swearing in the Balkan region. It’s been going on for a long time, and it’s not likely to stop. Nice to know it’s in the genes, huh? When my friend from Belgrade came here a few years ago for a visit, he swore openly, in Serbian, on the streets of Houston. This only became a problem when we were in a small Bosnian cafe on the north side of town, when his swearing did cause a few necks to swivel!

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