Peanuts Made of Skin

The Alternative dictionaries are a collection of various forms of “bad language” from many languages. At the moment, there are 2743 entries in 162 dictionaries. This is a collaborative project with contributions from a lot of people. The pages are developed and edited by Hans-Christian Holm.

from The Alternative English Dictionary

Who knows, this may come in handy someday. They have listed dozens of languages but there are only entries for the ones you might expect– English, Cantonese, Hungarian, Belarusian, Hindi, a few from Afrikaans, and so on.

Here’s a vivid entry from Indonesian: “makan cacang kulit To literally “eat peanuts made of skin’: to perform cunnilingus.” If you know how to pronounce that, leave me a comment (hopefully with a sound file).

According to the home page a new entry system– something wiki-like, one hopes- is being implemented soon. It does look a little unattended. So if you know a few cuss words from, say, Javanese, go for it.

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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