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91 Taboo Words and Expressions

This chapter uses words and expressions
some people might consider offensive.

There are several words that are often heard, but they are considered taboo outside younger people, when communication with their friends; they refer to sexual organs and sex. The most important verb is:

jebati (jebe) fuсk

Take care: this verb is considered extremely impolite and vulgar in most circumstances. This verb is actually rarely used in its literal meaning.

Its pass. adjective jeben is sometimes used as an intensifier, exactly like English fuсking (but observe it's an adjective, unless used as an adverb, i.e. you have to change its case, gender etc.):

Taj mobitel je jebeno skup. That mobile phone is fuсking expensive.

There are two quite common phrases with this verb, something like ‘emoticon-words’ (sometimes seen in abbreviation in colloquial writing, e.g. on Internet forums):

jebo te / jebote (abbr. jbt) = amazement
jebi ga / jebiga (abbr. jbg) = resignation

The most common verb pair derived from this verb is:

zajebavati («) ~ zajebati (zajebe) screw up

This verb is considered much less vulgar than the verb it's derived from, and you can even hear it in less formal meetings at work.

With an optional object in A, this verb corresponds to English make mistake, spoil:

Zajebao sam. I've screwed up.

However, it's more common to use this pair with se². There are two meanings then. First, it's make a mistake, such that affects the subject. Next, the impf. verb with se² has the additional meaning screw around.

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5 Easy Croatian: 91 Taboo Words and Expressions This chapter uses words and expressions some people might consider offensive. There are several words that are often heard, but they are...

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