Thats the dirty word from self-trained curse- storian Casey Piacine, author of How To Curse In 20 Languages (Lulu).
He feels the Italian words for fart (loffa), penis (belino) or whore (battona) are more ear- pleasing than when spoken in, say, Hungarian where they are pronounced alfarhang, fasz and kurva.
Plus, he says knowing Italian curse words is essential to anyone planning to join the Mafia.
Piacine spent two years researching the worst words each language has to offer and says some languages like Italian and Gaelic have such beautifully sounding insults that a non-speaker might take them as compliments.
However, he says the real reason for learning the straight dirt on every languages cursing vocabulary is so when he travels he is sure when someone is insulting him.
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