Romanian profanity (înjurătură) refers to a set of words considered blasphemous or inflammatory in the Romanian language.
The Romanian language is considered to have a huge set of inflammatory terms and phrases. Profanities rarely differ from region to region in Romania, but there are differences when taking into account languages related to Romanian, such as the Aromanian and Megleno-Romanian languages. Romanian expletives often refer to both male and female genitalia. Among the most common is “pula mea,” an expression that can be literally translated into English as “my cock,” but is commonly used simmilary to the English “fuck” or “fucking.” In addition to its use as a basic expletive, the phrase can also be used in an adverbial sense. Similarly “pizdă,” literally translated as “cunt,” can be used as an expletive, often referring to the insulting phrase, “pizda mă-tii,” or, “your mother’s cunt.” This phrase is often used as a reference to the longer, “Du-te-n pizda mă-tii,” meaning, “go back in your mother’s cunt.”
Romanian insults often involve the sexual behavior of men or women. poponar, curist and găozar all are roughly the equivalent of “faggot”. Although their literal meaning was initially associated with male homosexuals, they are generally used as depreciating words towards any male, no matter their sexual orientation. “Poponar” literally is close to “bum user”, “curist” means “butt user” (“cur” means “butt” in Romanian slang), “găozar” means “ass hole user” (“găoaza”or “gaura curului” mean both “ass hole”). A word formed in a similar manner is pizdar, which is a vulgar equivalent to “womanizer” or “skirt-chaser”: someone who is obsessed with women. Bulangiu, which has quite a complex and contradictory formation (“bulan” is the slang for “luck” and also for “leg”), it generally has the meaning of “ass” (“nu fi bulangiu” = “don’t be an ass”) and is used against a man who is not cooperative, backstabber, ungrateful. It also may be used as an equivalent of “faggot”, in Rroma slang. The female version of “bulangiu” may be “bulangioaica” or “bulangie”. Lăbar and labagiu or onanist mean “jerk-off” or “jerk”. The expression “a-ti trage o laba” means “to jerk off”. Although they are literally connected to masturbation, in the spoken language they have the same meaning as “jerk”, “ass hole”, “ass” when referred to a male individual. A puţoi is the possessor of a puţă . It is a rough equivalent to “punk” or “little prick”, that is, an immature boy that tries to act “tough”. It literally translates “small dick”.
Women usually insulted by comparison with prostitutes. There is a rich vocabulary of insults involving prostitution in Romanian. Prostitutes are referred to as: curvă, târfă, traseistă, zdreanţă, boarfa (borfet), pitipoanca, tomberon (literally garbage can, into which a man unloads), prostituată, ştoarfă,muistă and many others. Muistă refers to a prostitute who specializes in fellatio, or to a woman with an annoying attitude. There is a male equivalent, muist that means “cocksucker”. Peşte, which literally means fish, colloquially refers to a pimp. Curvã and târfă are often used to mean “bitch” in Romanian.
Comparison with animals is another common way of insulting people in Romanian. “Scroafă,” a word meaning “sow”, is often used in the same sense as the English “bitch.” Men can be insulted with the term “bou” meaning “ox.” Other animals that can be used for insulting people include: goose(gâscă, usually used for women), donkey (măgar), and pig (porc). Nenorocit, originally an old popular phrase, that literally translates as “unlucky”, is now used in a powerfully pejorative sense, similarly to “motherfucker” in English. It is used mostly in the vocative form “nenorocitule/nenorocito (masc/fem)”.