Icelandic Insults

May 1, 2017
Languages

Different cultures have different colloquialisms and it can be fun and interesting to see where their most common insults and teases come from. It is also good to recognize these in case you accidentally upset someone and they happen to say one of these to you...

Bjáni

meaning "twit" or idiot

Raggeit

Literally: as cowardly as a goat

Meaning: bloody coward

Auimingi

meaning weakling

Fjandi/ Djöfull/Andskoti/sá í neðra/

translates to the devil. This word is used in most of the Scandinavian languages I prefer Andskotans as it means more like "by the devil!

Kúkalabbi

This one is my personal favorite. It is used the same way that in English you would call someone a scumbag. However, it literally translates to "poop on two legs" or "poop walking".

Fjandinn/Andskotinn

Damn

Belja!

Cow

Fáviti

Idiot

Drullusokkur

Dirty sock

Fokk

This is a loan word from English. Guess what it means

Ríddu þér

Up yours

Fífl

Fool

Haltu kjafti

this is the Icelandic equivalent to "shut up" so it is quite a rude way to tell someone to be quiet!

Skúrkur

This one is equivalent with dirt bag

farðu til fjandans

Go to the devil

Mannfýla

A person that is so awful they can be compared to bad breath.

Meaning: asshole

Farðu til helvítis

(Fahr-Thoo Tiihl Hehlveetihs)

Go to hell

Extra awesome swearword: Helvítis fokking fokk

Hopefully you can add the above to your cursing repertoire! It is a good way to curse at work too, since people won't know what it means ;) 

Need more info for your trip to Iceland? Check out some related posts: 

-What NOT to do in Iceland

-How to Get to the Sólheimasandur Plane Crash

-Essentials for your Trip to Iceland

Siggi Einarson

My name is Siggi-dubbed by my American friends because of the Icelandic yogurt-I am a writer, polyglot, and aspiring expat, not a cup of yogurt (unfortunately).

My love for travelling began with a trip to Iceland and Sweden to visit my family when I was just 15 years old. I spent so long dreaming of the possibilities of life abroad but I always figured these dreams were too far reached. Flash forward almost 10 years, here I am again, both cursing and thanking this damn travel bug.

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