The vulgar words I'm familiar with all seem to be local slang. Does Spanish have any words that are universally accepted as vulgar or profane?

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    I almost asked a variation of this myself, but it seems like a list question to me. I don't think it's the right format for an SE network site. :\ (too bad, because I'm really interested, so +1! But, VtC.)
    – Richard
    Nov 16, 2011 at 16:54
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    @Richard: To answer this question, a single example of a universally accepted vulgarity would be sufficient, not a complete list.
    – Flimzy
    Nov 16, 2011 at 16:57
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    It's not a list question. It's about existence. You don't have to provide a list to answer this question. A good answer would be something like "No there's definitely no words that are vulgar everywhere Spanish is spoken" and "Yes, off the top of my head I can think of the words XXX and YYY for instance". Nov 16, 2011 at 16:58
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    You can also link to a site or page off the site as one way to avoid including the profane words you don't want to write yourself. Nov 16, 2011 at 16:59
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    Thinking things through and looking at the one response we've gotten, I can see that the way it's worded isn't a list question and probably won't be controversial. The "universally accepted" narrows the scope far enough to be on the right side of "Not Constructive" (although it is still huge in scope). So, I voted to reopen.
    – Richard
    Nov 16, 2011 at 17:46

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Yes there is:


is the perfect example. Widely recognized, even in Equatorian Guinea and in the Philippines.

  • Note that puta or commonly putang ina/putangina (lit. "bitch mother") are one of the most severe/rude ones in the Philippines. Jan 3, 2014 at 17:16
  • Yes, I agree, that can count as quite universal. Being called woman-that-sells-sex is not nice anywhere I know. Nov 18, 2014 at 20:32

A vulgarism is a word or custom that degenerates the language, like adding an "s" at the end of the pronouns in the second person "TU" like "comprastes" , "vivistes", "hicistes"

so, long answer short : NO

in the moment a vulgarism is used widely is not a vulgarism anymore, is part of the language.

but if by vulgarism you mean insults, yeah there are plenty.

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    Vulgarities ≠ vulgarisms. Vulgarities: another way of saying profanity or palabrotas. Jul 15, 2018 at 6:28

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