Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Cursing in Spanish
For the past few weeks I have been working out in the field instead of in the office. If you are familiar with construction then you are aware that it is almost all Mexicans comprising our labor force. You will also probably know that most of them don’t speak English very well. My Spanish is very limited as I haven’t had to speak it since my junior year in high school. That was ten years ago so I am a little rusty on my Espanol. The one thing that I didn’t forget is almost all the curse words. Naturally, I fit right in with everyone else. I usually don’t engage in foul language but it is different if it isn’t your first language. Even though I know what the words mean and I know that I am cursing, it doesn’t really seem like I am cursing. I know two people who are bilingual and they both agree with me but I know one person who would most likely disagree with me (I am looking at you Bryan). My coworkers could (and do) curse around me all day in Spanish and it wouldn’t (and doesn’t) bother me one bit. You could even say that I have a mouth like a sailor when I am speaking in Spanish. I will have it known that I still don’t speak Spanish all that much when I am at work. My favorite Mexican curse word is “chingadera.” I am not sure if that is how it is spelled but I am sure you get the idea. I kind of means “thing” but I am not sure what the literal translation is. It comes in handy when I can’t remember the name of an item or tool that I am talking about. It is simply a catch-all name and I love it. I had my wife proof-read this and she slipped in the phrase "I love my wife" four times throughout the post. I managed to catch them and take them out before hitting the post button as they didn't make a lot of sense where they were placed. I will make it known that I do love my wife.