What does βλακας Mean?

Let’s say that you just heard a word in another language. You don’t know what it means, but you feel like the person saying it meant it in a derogatory way or to hurt your feelings.
What do you do?

A word that is often used in this manner in Greek is βλακας. If you don’t know Greek, hearing βλακας uttered in conversation or in passing could be very confusing. Generally, βλακας is not intended to be a compliment or to describe you in a positive way. If you have been called βλακας, you should definitely be offended.

What does βλακας mean?
The Greek word βλακας is most nearly translated into English to mean a stupid person, a fool or a country bumpkin. However, there are a great number of other possible insinuations for which βλακας would be equally accurate. Consider this list of common English synonyms for βλακας used as a noun:

moron

dickhead imbecile ass idiot gander

dick

foolish goon blockhead dolt jackass

nincompoop

simpleton yokel booby changeling chump

clod

cockface coot cretin dimwit donkey

dope

duffer goof half-wit ignoramus

jack

loggerhead

loon lummox mutt noodle oaf

shithead

dum-dum hood tomfool moron

dunce

simp

slob sucker

Although it is typically used as a noun, there are times when βλακας can be an adjective as well, such as in these examples:

addled

asinine bovine cretinous sheepish

silly

unintelligent

zany
In addition to these typical Greek insults, βλακας is a psychiatric term used to describe a person with below-normal educational levels or learning difficulties. When the term is used for this purpose, it’s not meant as an insult; instead, it’s intended simply to describe the mental capacity of the person to whom it refers. Unless you are lacking natural intelligence, this is probably not the way βλακας is being used when applied to you.

How is βλακας used in a sentence?
Because there are so many different meanings for βλακας, there are many instances in which a slightly different nuance of the word is intended. You need to know if someone is calling you a donkey or a half-wit. The difference could be huge!

To give you a full picture of the range of this slur and the many different ways that it can be used, here are a few different incidences that demonstrate the full range of the insult:

Greek: Μη γινεσαι βλακας, πιες
English translation: Don’t be an ass; have a drink!
In this example, the speaker is using the term to goad the other person into participating in the social activity. βλακας is intended to show that the person is intentionally behaving contrary to everyone else, and the speaker feels that the person is doing it just to be difficult rather than because he or she has a good reason. The insult is used to show the speaker’s frustration and annoyance.

Greek: Θα με βάλετε, παρακαλώ, σε ξεχωριστό δωμάτιο απ ‘ αυτούς τους βλάκες
English translation: Oh, would you please put me in a separate room from these idiots?
The speaker apparently considers himself or herself more intelligent or above the rest of the people in the room. He or she is using the opportunity to insult the other room inhabitants and to make himself or herself look better in doing this. βλακας is used as a noun for unintelligent and annoying people.

Greek: Δεν είσαι τόσο βλάκας, όσο δείχνεις
English translation: You are not as dumb as you look.
In this instance, βλακας is being used as an adjective to describe the mental capacity of the person addressed by the speaker. This example is almost a backwards compliment since the speaker is actually saying that the person is more intelligent than the speaker originally assumed. However, it’s still an insult embedded in this comment because βλακας is used at all.

Greek: Ο ολλανδικός λαός -ο βλάκας της τάξης- είναι φυσικά για ακόμη μία φορά ο λαός που συνεισφέρει περισσότερο.
English translation: The Dutch public (the class dunce) is of course the largest net contributor once again.
By referring to the Dutch public as the βλακας, the speaker is calling the people of the Netherlands a big group of dum-dums. This is an insult of an entire nationality of people, and the use of βλακας is intended to be biting to make a point of disagreeing with the public’s decision about a some topic.

Are there other examples of βλακας used correctly?
In addition to these English translations, βλακας is an excellent addition to memes and images used to mock other people. The majority of these demonstrate the idea the βλακας is a fool, an idiot or a jackass. They are meant to be insulting and amusing which is why the majority are created and posted by comedians or those who have specific views about political or other topics.

For a more visual representation of βλακας, check out some of these links:
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If you are interested in seeing βλακας as demonstrated by comedic videos, try a few of these:
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Is it appropriate to use βλακας?
This is an interesting question because the appropriateness of βλακας really just depends on your underlying intention and how comfortable you are with insults and occasionally swearing. If you are only using βλακας to refer to people who are stupid or who are behaving in an idiotic manner, then βλακας is probably perfectly appropriate. When you start using βλακας to refer to someone as a jackass or a shithead, then that is more of a personal matter that depends on your comfort level and what you find acceptable.

What does Baka Mean?

What did you call me??!!

Every culture has their own grouping of words that are not proper but get the job done when it comes to making a point quickly and unquestionably. The word “Baka” in Japanese is one such word. Its meaning is not complimentary and quite squarely is used to call a person stupid and/or foolish. It makes a point unapologetically and is one of the most commonly used pejorative words in the Japanese language.

What’s Behind a Word…
Although its origin is not completely clear, the word Baka has shown up in different situations throughout Japanese history. Japanese Buddhist priests are said to have coined the word Baka “fool” from Sanskrit. In addition, the word is also said to have some origins from the battles of the Northern and Southern Courts (1336-1392). When the Ashikaga commander, Toki Yorito, refused to obey a retired emperor, Kogon: he did so by referring to him as a “fool” for ordering him to dismount his horse. Keep in mind that the Japanese culture considers anything less than polite offensive, and embraces respect language which is a polite and humble use of language used to suit a variety of different contexts.

The Word on the Streets…
In an informal, “off the cuff” sense, Baka is a swear word: it also happens to be the most common Japanese swear word. It can mean different things according to context and relationship, but, the meaning almost always has a negative connotation. It’s not typically used in public or formal situations because it is more of a swear or street word. The real question is, according to the situation, how negative can the meaning of the word be?

Just how foolish is foolish, regionally speaking?
Depending on where you use the term “Baka”, it’s meaning may vary in harshness. For example, in the Kanto region (Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa), the term is perceived as a mild insult. However, travel a little further to the Kansai region (Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Shiga), and you can do some real damage in the insult department.

The real twister is areas that have diverse transient populations of people from many different regions like Hokkaido. In regions like this, there is no real way of knowing how seriously the term will be taken, or just how big of an insult you’re throwing out.

Ways to Use “Baka” Playfully…
Although we’ve established that the term “Baka” clearly has negative connotations varying in intensity, believe it or not, it can still be used in a light-hearted manner. When used to gently poke fun or mock someone, it can be upgraded to mean “silly,” instead of stupid or foolish. This is where contextual relationships become key. The relationship between the people using the term, or the situation, can override the meaning. For example, yakyu-baka is used to describe someone who is really into baseball. The term denotes someone who likes something to a great degree, maybe obsessively so. The meaning to carry away from all of this is that depending on the situation and the relationship between the people using “Baka”, the harshness can definitely be softened to carry a more light-hearted and playful meaning.

The official verdict is in. “Baka” is a term used most often in a negative fashion. Its meaning can vary from person to person, and even regionally, but the general connotation is negative. Its roots in history are a little skewed and hard to follow, but the term has been around for many years and has popped up in many variations. It can be used playfully and often is. The key to the playful, gently mocking context that “Baka” can be used in lies in the relationship between the people using the word and/or the situational use of the word. It is often paired with another word to create more clarity in the meaning and to “soften the blow.” Whichever way you choose to say “Baka” or use it, say it with style and clarity for the full effect. Know your audience so that you can get full kudos for the clever and sophisticated use of the word.

What does Cabron! Mean?

“Cabrón” is a popular Spanish swear word, but it actually has multiple meanings. In that way, it’s a lot like the English word “fuck,” which can be used in many ways.

The traditional meaning of the word “cabrón” is “a male goat.” However, unless you hang out with people who own livestock, that’s probably not someone means if they call you “cabrón!” While this original meaning of cabrón isn’t offensive, the term gradually evolved to mean “cuckold.” If you’re unfamiliar with the term “cuckold,” you probably don’t have to delete your browser history as often as I do. A “cuckold” is a man whose wife or girlfriend has been unfaithful to him–usually without his knowledge (although, on certain websites, the cuckold definitely knows what’s happening).

Although being cheated on by your wife or girlfriend is unpleasant in any culture, it’s particularly taboo in Latin cultures, which makes cabrón an extremely pejorative insult. Are you familiar with the term “fighting words?” Well, in Spanish, “cabron” can definitely apply as a “fighting word.”

Regionality and the Offensiveness of Cabrón

Swear words often carry different degrees of offensiveness depending on the countries in which you say them. For example, many British people use the word “cunt” like a punctuation mark, while it’s one of the most offensive words a person can say in America. Likewise, cabrón has varying degrees of offensiveness throughout different Latin countries. While an internet forum discussion shouldn’t be taken as gospel truth, this question and answer section from Quora indicates that “cabrón” might not be as big of a deal in Mexico as it is in other Latin American countries.

However, as with any swear word, cabrón can be used among friends who you know well. In this instance, cabron would mean something closer to the English equivalent of “asshole” or “bastard.”

Other Definitions of Cabrón

According to Wiktionary, there are several disparate definitions for cabrón that vary from country to country.

  • A pejorative term meaning “coward”
  • A vulgar pejorative meaning “cuckold” (more popular in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic)
  • A vulgar term meaning bastard, motherfucker, or jackass (popular in Central America)
  • Pejorative term meaning “pimp” (common in Latin America)
  • An informal slang term, similar to “dude” or “bro” (most popular in Mexico and Costa Rica)

Different Ways to Use the Word “Cabrón”

Much like the English word “fuck,” “cabrón” can take the form of many different parts of speech, and be used in many contexts. Here are some of the ways you might hear it used:

  • Interjection–One of the most popular uses of cabrón is as an interjection, much like someone might yell, “Son of a bitch!” if they stubbed their toe: ¡Cabrón! (Asshole! Bastard!)
  • Name-Calling–If you want to call someone an asshole/bastard/cuckold (and you’re sure they’re not going to punch you in the mouth) you’d say, “Eres un cabrón.”
  • Friendly Term–Much like the word “man” or “dude” in English, you might hear cabrón used in the following context: ¿Qué onda, cabrón? (What’s up, man?)
  • Emphasis–Cabrón can be used to emphasize being good at something, for example: “Soy un cabrón para cocinar.” (I’m fucking great at cooking.)
  • Describing Someone–If you wanted to call someone a bastard or an asshole, you cabrón in the following way: El cabrón se

    corrió (The bastard ran.)

Conclusion

As you can see, cabrón is a multi-faceted swear word. It carries varying degrees of offensiveness, usually indicated by other context clues–while it might be okay to say, “¿Qué onda, cabrón?” it’s quite another thing to say, “¡Chinga tu madre, cabrón!”

It’s always a good rule of thumb to listen to how the people around you use the word. They might use the word like an American would say, “dude.” But, if there’s any doubt about its appropriateness, it’s a good idea to find another word. In any social situation where there are children, elderly people, or employers around, it’s safe to say that the word “cabrón” isn’t going to win you any friends!

When Should You Not Swear

While there are a tremendous amount of reasons why anyone should act in one way or another, there are also a lot of reasons why swearing itself can be a bad thing. People have tended to see it as a very vulgar issue, and when you consider the general taboo of it as well there can be some real reasons why some instantly shy away from it. However, just because some people doesn’t like it, does it really mean it is all that bad? In short, yes it does. Take a look at some of the following so you can better understand why you should not be in the habit of swearing as thought it were acceptable in daily life.
What Does It Mean For Others?
When people swear, you have to think about what is usually going on. Swearing can occur for multiple reasons, however, it is typically the norm for swearing to happen when an individual is upset or outraged for one reason or another. The fact of the matter is when you have someone swear they are not just finding a way to express their frustration and vent, but they are also expressing their frustration to others and putting negative energy into the environment. If an individual is swearing around others at work, family, or especially children, then that negative energy can and will be picked up and absorbed and before anyone realizes it moods can get worse and stress levels can elevate as well.

Conveys Unintelligence
While anyone can curse at any time without having a specific intelligence level, there are also some studies that show intelligent people will curse less than not. And, even if the debate has not yet been settled for whether or not intelligence is correlated with cursing, there is at least still a stigma with many people regarding being unintelligent and cursing. The fact is you will find people who attempt to curse and swear to show their emotions, but what it also means is that they do not have the proper vocabulary to be able to fully express themself. It is in that scenario that they are more likely to curse as a result. And, whether or not swearing and cursing does truly correlate with a lower IQ and intelligence level, the fact is many people think it does. In other words, even if you are smart then by swearing you can appear less educated and less intelligent in general.

How Can You Show You Are Truly Upset?
One important thing to do in general is to make sure that you are able to show others you are upset. This isn’t a primary function in life, but it is a critical part of the human experience. Whether this is your employer, your coworkers, your loved ones, or others, if you are able to convey your emotions then you can show others how much you are able to be upset at a certain time and how serious something is to you. The fact of the matter is when you consider the point of view of others, you can see how tricky this can become. If you are always known to curse and to become hot headed for even the slightest of issues, then how will you be able to use an expletive when it is needed? If you are always swearing, then people will never know when you are extremely fired up and serious and when you are just acting normal. You cannot express your frustration by using explitives if you always use explitives and cursing in day to day chatter.

It Just Sounds Troublesome
When you think about children in general then you already know you do not want to raise them in the wrong way. The last thing you want to do is to teach them negative words. This isn’t because the words are wrong, but rather it is because when you think about the rest of society you can actually have your kids be judged just by swearing even if those children don’t even know what the words mean. Regardless of whether or not you want your children to swear, you should at least start to consider the fact that everyone needs a way to express themself even when they wish to express negative feelings. This is the same exact thing for children and bad words. You may not want to believe your innocent and little children are capable of negative emotions, but you also have to understand that they are going to be upset at some point in their life. It is up to you to be able to help them so they don’t resort to foul language.

It Could Mean Something Else Is Going On
If you think about the reason or reasons that kids and young people will start to swear, it an usually mean something else is occuring. There are potential underlying reasons that anyone could pick up swearing and cursing out of nowhere, and if you aren’t careful then you could start to do it yourself for those same exact reasons. Consider the fact that many people and young ones start picking up swearing because they are simply looking for attention and use it as a cry for help, and you could see how there could be a problem under the surface. When you also throw in the fact that swearing means you could also be uncomfortable and just trying to fit in, then you could actually be dealing with some major problems other than just using rude language.

Obviously there are some reasons why people would want to swear or curse and there could be some times when it is justified. In fact, when you consider the first ammendment and remember that people have the right to say whatever they would like, then it actually starts to make sense why some people may swear. However, just because some people can swear doesn’t mean that they should. Keep these few lessons in mind as well as more to know that swearing should not be the first means of communication.