German swearwords part 2: Scheiße (NSFW)

*** WARNING: This article contains coarse language. It is NOT intended to offend anyone so just don’t read it if you don’t like coarse language. ***

After part 1 (Arsch) of the German swearwords let’s take a closer look at one of the other frequently used German swearwords: Scheiße. It’s often used as a standalone expression but you can literally add it as a prefix to any German word and this word immediately gets a negative touch. Scheißwetter, Scheißtag, Scheißunterricht, it works for every word. The word is quite vulgar but often not outright rude, so a literal translation into English (i.e. shit) wouldn’t be 100% correct. It’s probably something between damn! and shit!, the British prefer the word bloody (which as a literal translation wouldn’t work at all in German). By the way, its popularity is also reflect by our statistics – it is the third most-listened to German word. So, let’s take a look at some of the most used German Scheiß-expressions:

1. Scheiße!
Literal translation: Shit!
Meaning: Damn! Crap! Bloody hell!

2. scheißfreundlich
Literal translation: shit-friendly
Meaning: nice as pie

3. Ohne Scheiß?
Literal translation: Without shit?
Meaning: Are you serious? No shit?

4. Scheiß drauf!
Literal translation: Shit on it!
Meaning: Fuck it! Screw that!

5. Das ist mir scheißegal.
Literal translation: I don’t shitting care.
Meaning: I don’t give a fuck. I don’t give a damm.

6. Scheißdreck
Literal translation: shit-dirt
Meaning: crap, garbage

7. Hosenscheißer (Feigling)
Literal translation: in-the-pans shitter
Meaning: scaredy cat, chicken

8. jdm. Scheiß erzählen
Literal translation: to tell shit to so.
Meaning: to bullshit sb.

9. Scheiß machen
Literal translation: to make shit
Meaning: to make a bloody mess

10. Scheißkerl
Literal translation: shit-guy
Meaning: bastard

11. scheißvornehm
Literal translation: shitty posh
Meaning: bloody posh, damn posh

12. Red keinen Scheiß!
Literal translation: Don’t talk shit!
Meaning: Don’t talk crap!

13. Das geht Dich einen Scheiß an.
Literal translation: It should concern you shit.
Meaning: That’s none of your fucking business.

14. Einen Scheiß werde ich tun.
Literal translation: I will do shit.
Meaning: Like hell I will.

That ends our little series on German swearwords. As always I suggest our complaints guide which might help you find the right words while being abroad. Use it wisely, we don’t want to see bloody noses!

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