r/poland Nov 26 '22

is the word "Kurwa" a polish word!?

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u/FrozMind Pomorskie Nov 26 '22

- no kurwa

- no, kurwa

- results, kurwa

62

u/Szwedo Nov 26 '22

No, tak kurwa

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u/PuzzleheadedDate2606 Nov 26 '22

Kurwa...

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u/Yohannes_K Nov 26 '22

Za mało „kurwa”, kurwa! Powtarzamy!

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u/Ememems68_battlecats Nov 26 '22

Kurwa to przecinek przecież kurwa

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u/PuzzleheadedDate2606 Nov 26 '22

No właśnie kurwa

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u/DavidGreetman Nov 27 '22

kurwa is love kurwa is life

15

u/VVen0m Nov 26 '22

"A WIĘC TO TAK, KURWA"

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u/WebsterO-k Nov 26 '22

Myśle ze tylko Polacy mogą zrozumieć te słowo , bo mieszkając w UK jak mnie pytają co to znaczy to szczerze nie mam pojęcia jak przetłumaczyć bo to zależne od sytuacji jaka jest 😝

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u/VectronVoltbot Nov 26 '22

Kurwa to jest słowo wszechobecne.

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u/Beneficial_Mulberry2 Nov 27 '22

It's like a fuck, but not really. It's softer or stronger, depending on the context and stress put on a RRrr sound, can reflect extremely positive and extremely negative emotions (and anything in-between), can be used as noun, adjective, vocabulary, but mostly as punctuation mark. It literally means more or less a whore, but really it can mean great, huge, a friend, the biggest enemy, a chair, a comma, to cheat, to throw, to punch, to kick (e.g. a ball, far away), and countless things more. But don't worry, if you are not polish, you won't comprehend that :)

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u/Falikosek Nov 26 '22

welcome to languages sharing similar etymology, population: literally the entirety of Europe

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u/Trzykolek Nov 26 '22

welcome to languages sharing similar etymology, population: literally the entirety of Europe the World

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u/Prokonsul_Piotrus Nov 26 '22

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u/f2017k Nov 26 '22

The pronunciation recording just about killed me

75

u/Ctrl-http Nov 26 '22

kurwa.🗿

51

u/cyanideflurry Nov 26 '22

Also I sensed some aggression and hate behind it. Nailed it.

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u/Zelcki Nov 26 '22

An i the only person in Poland who uses the word kurwa as whore only like 3% of the time?

I'm pretty sure everyone uses it as saying fuck when they are angry or get hurt

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u/Jojoseph_Gray Nov 26 '22

Yeah, I guess referring to a literal prostitute as "kurwa" has generally fell out of fashion. It's just.. not used that often in everyday speech.. for most people.

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u/canaridante Łódzkie Nov 26 '22

I mostly encounter it in books at this point tbh

3

u/zumun Nov 26 '22

Interesting. I'd been hearing "iść na kurwy" quite often, as well as "sprzedajna kurwa" which also implies the "whore" definition.

3

u/ukrokit Nov 26 '22

I've only ever heard "sprzedajna kurwa" used as "sellout"

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u/Zelcki Nov 27 '22

There's also "o kurwa! " when you see surprised

Which is like oh wow

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u/yevvieart Zachodniopomorskie Nov 26 '22

nahhh, my mother sometimes drops "no co za kurwa" about women she had to deal with that were particularly nasty. heard that a lot from other people too.

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u/Zelcki Nov 26 '22

Maybe it's just me being me, but I usually say sth else.

In my head kurwa is the same as fuck, although I might use it more often in that context from now on

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u/Fishdemonus Nov 26 '22

most interesting read of my life

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u/dziki_z_lasu Łódzkie Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

Good old Indo-European word "kehros". English "wh*re" and expecialy German "Hure" means the same and are quite similar to West Slavic kurwa/kurva, but I would never guess connection to the French "Mon Cheri" - my darling LOL

The biggest difference is that in Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary it is also a general curse, just like the word 'f*ck.".

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u/kouyehwos Nov 26 '22

This is just one of the proposed etymologies, and it’s phonetically quite unlikely; Slavic “u” pretty much always comes from earlier diphthongs ou/au, not from *ā.

I think it’s far more likely that „kurwa” is related to „kura” (hen), compare other vulgar words like South Slavic “kurac”.

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u/zbysior Nov 26 '22

many eastern and central Europeans are using it, even heard a Jewish person use it. im curious where it came from too

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u/ukrokit Nov 26 '22

It's Proto Slavic. Many Slavic languages have similar words: Курва in Ukrainian, Kurva in Czech, etc.

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u/Preventive_potato Nov 27 '22

Курва in Belarusian either :) Have heard it many times my grandfather called my grandmother in that way 🥲

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u/ikonfedera Nov 26 '22

Well Yiddish takes a lot from Polish. Apparently it took a kurwa too.

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u/DutchHomework Małopolskie Nov 26 '22

I read that this is because roosters used to be called 'kurwa' (the same way hens are nowadays called 'kura') and roosters were known to mate with many different hens.

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u/hyvyys Nov 26 '22

Rooster is kur. And since rooster is cock, kurwa is the person dealing with a lot of roosters

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u/DutchHomework Małopolskie Nov 27 '22

Rooster is kur.

No? Not is Polish. In Polish it's kogut.

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u/hyvyys Nov 27 '22

Antiquated Polish.

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u/DutchHomework Małopolskie Nov 27 '22

So you should have said 'was', not 'is'.

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u/hyvyys Nov 28 '22

It's still used, for instance in the phrase “kur zapiał”

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u/DutchHomework Małopolskie Nov 28 '22

Decide, you said antiquated, and now you've backed out again.

17

u/PaladinDanceALot Nov 26 '22

Ała kurwa rzeczywiście

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u/Separate-Bag2516 Nov 26 '22

The most universal word ever. It has plenty of meanings, depending on the context of the whole sentence. Can be also used as a comma while spoken ;)

6

u/TeymurovFuad Nov 26 '22

Comma 😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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u/Arss_onist Małopolskie Nov 26 '22

Się kurwa śmiej, ale tak kurwa jest.

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u/PanMarcooo Nov 26 '22

*Się kurwa śmiej kurwa ale tak jest.

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u/noveris241 Nov 26 '22

Probably the word with most meanings

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u/VVen0m Nov 26 '22

No kurwa oczywiście, kurwa, że kurwa tak...

...kurwa.

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u/VlachShepherd Nov 26 '22

In Polish, it's a curseword ("whore", but it doesn't have to be directed at anyone, it can simply be an expression of general dissatisfaction or annoyance).

Some Romance languages have words derived from Latin "curva" (unsurprisingly, it means "curve"), which usually are not cursewords, but descriptors of a bent shape.

I highly doubt that Polish "kurwa" has any association with Latin. Although humorously, Poles sometimes euphemistically call cursewords in general "Latin") it's an ironic joke to suggest that someone crude enough to curse in public would know Latin).

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u/Kamarovsky Pomorskie Nov 26 '22

Kurwa and curva aren't related, but funnily enough, kurwa is related to Italian 'cara' meaning 'beloved/dear'

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u/KrulNocy Nov 26 '22

i always thought as a kid that polish kurwa derived from other languages curva because prostitutes were standing on street corners xdd

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u/korol264 Nov 26 '22

Die kurve

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u/Confiture_ Nov 26 '22

My Češi to používáme taky

3

u/vinet91 Nov 26 '22

No kuuurwa..

3

u/peposlaw Nov 26 '22

No kurwa!

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u/obviously_suspicious Nov 26 '22

Asking for a googleable fact in a poll is... interesting.

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u/_StevenSeagull_ Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

I have a Polish friend and every third word is 'Kurwa'

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u/My__Finger Nov 26 '22

Sounds like me fr

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u/ScenePlayful1872 Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

I had a Polish friend in the States who spoke English pretty well. But he added so many Kurwa when speaking that some people thought that was his name

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u/Judasz10 Nov 26 '22

OP literally just find out about etymology. Wait till you find out some words are taken from other languages and are just localized.

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u/dziki_z_lasu Łódzkie Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

Yeah, as Polish, never learning any Romance language, I once watched a challenge on the ecolinguist channel with a Latin guy describing things to if I remember correctly Hispanic, Italian and Romanian. I guessed 3/5 object descriptions, moreover giving an answer in ... slightly modified Latin. Placenta in Latin is placek in Polish - pancake, however I am pretty sure, it is an Indo-European word.

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u/Judasz10 Nov 26 '22

I recommend you search for a dude speaking slavic langague on yt. You can hear its not Polish but at the same time you understand majority of it. Super cool imo.

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u/dziki_z_lasu Łódzkie Nov 26 '22

As I know, the language every Slav understand is called Slovakian. Carpato-Rusyn is even better, but not many people use it.

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u/Judasz10 Nov 26 '22

There is an artificially created slav language I believe. I dont have time to look for the video myself but you can look for it if you find it intresting.

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u/darkezowsky Nov 26 '22

no kurwa raczej nie inaczej

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u/RichardSeven Nov 26 '22

Lots of words are shared amongst slavic languages. So, it is a Polish word, just not exclusively.

2

u/Slout_ Mazowieckie Nov 26 '22

I wonder what the 180 people who voted "no" have been taking

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u/Raccoon_2020 Nov 26 '22

I have no idea about the origins of this word, but I don’t care about what people say, for me it will always be a Polish word. The most hilarious Polish word. And by the way, here in Western Ukraine we say it as well! Back when I was a kid I heard “kurwa” and thought it’s a regular slavik curse😂

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u/SpaceshipPotato Nov 26 '22

It's the most polish word I can imagine

2

u/SomeRandomDude210 Nov 26 '22

It is a word of Visegrad group.

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u/Reddiciarz Nov 28 '22

So it turns out to be Polish.

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u/EliasEdiv Nov 26 '22

kurva>kurwa

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u/Reddiciarz Nov 28 '22

The typical stupid Jew is typical.

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u/tamsi_2901 Nov 26 '22

It is also Slovak favourite word 😉

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u/seancorbincodyfisher Nov 26 '22

You may say it's one of many examples of Panslavic words

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u/Slav_Shaman Mazowieckie Nov 26 '22

It's more of an overall Slavic word than only Polish. But most often used in Polish as a swear word.

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u/berni2905 Nov 26 '22

Dude, it takes like 5 seconds to google that...

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u/BtlOwl Nov 26 '22

kurwa is a kurwa magical kurwa space kurwa word, kurwa.

1

u/macguffinstv Nov 26 '22

My buddy Fox said it's the most important Polish word I need to learn before moving there.

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u/Wojtek1250XD Nov 26 '22

"Kurwa" will always be a big kurwa part of Polish language

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u/TrodorEU Nov 26 '22

It is a Czech word Kurva :))

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u/Zekubiki Nov 26 '22

Its a balkan word as well Kurva

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22

точно така , един да им каже

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22

"Kurwa" is a substitute for a comma

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u/journeyman369 Nov 26 '22

Heard it used like every three words or so - especially at work back in the day.

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u/Emily__111 Nov 26 '22

Noż kurwa jego mać!

1

u/Kamwit Nov 26 '22

La curva is italian and probably had emerged from latin and means turning

1

u/KarolTheBala Nov 26 '22

Polish is a Slavic language. Other Slavic languages are related. Same reason Italian and Spanish are similar.

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u/Nevalost93 Nov 26 '22

Kurwa a jak!

1

u/PanMaHcin Nov 26 '22

No kurwa, a jak żeby inaczej

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22

Kurwa, yes.

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u/NitroFranek Nov 26 '22

No a jak kurwa?!

1

u/Yoda--29 Świętokrzyskie Nov 26 '22

Indeed it is.

1

u/Ok_Abies_1437 Nov 26 '22

Kurwa is not Polish, now it's international word

1

u/kotevbote43 Nov 26 '22

angry Czech noises

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u/fantasmagorix Nov 26 '22

Tož to kurva ne! (Regards from Pepikov, Wallachia region!)

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u/Yantiru Nov 26 '22

We are international guys

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u/-Ahayan- Nov 26 '22

A jak ma kurwa nie być

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u/Vix_00 Nov 27 '22

It’s just common word for Slavs, maybe there is study that explains region of the origin. Nowadays it’s not exclusive for Poles but I think that we are most known for use of this word.

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u/tyr8338 Nov 27 '22

You can say kurwa when you`re sad, you can say kurwa when you`re happy. Kurwa can express you`re excited and it can mean you`re down or depressed.

Kurwa, ale zajebiscie.

Kurwa, nie wierze, co ona odpierdolila.

As long as Poland exists, kurwa is integral part of it.

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '22

курва е българско слово

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u/DavidGreetman Nov 27 '22

Reading this questionnaire someone around said k*rwa

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u/[deleted] Nov 26 '22

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u/Dumbenronpa Nov 26 '22

Kurwa Is a polish curseword.

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u/Tw_izted Nov 26 '22

kurwa isnt just polish, it's also present in other slavic and non-slavic languages, goes as follows:

czech, slovak, ukrainian, belarusian, bulgarian, macedonian, croatian, serbian and bosnian (kurva, slavic)

hungarian (kurva, uralic)

albanian (kurvë, language isolate/indo-european)

and romanian (curvă, romance)

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u/dziki_z_lasu Łódzkie Nov 26 '22

From not Slavic languages also German "Hure" or English "wh*re" are also related.

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u/Reddiciarz Nov 26 '22

Only in Polish is it correctly stressed. In all other languages it sounds stupidly unnatural and is only used occasionally. There will always be some Slavic chauvinist on such topics and he will talk stupid like you.

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u/DodoJurajski Nov 26 '22

It's from Latin.

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u/Zekubiki Nov 26 '22

In Polish, it's a curseword ("whore", but it doesn't have to be directed at anyone, it can simply be an expression of general dissatisfaction or annoyance).

Some Romance languages have words derived from Latin "curva" (unsurprisingly, it means "curve"), which usually are not cursewords, but descriptors of a bent shape.

I highly doubt that Polish "kurwa" has any association with Latin. Although humorously, Poles sometimes euphemistically call cursewords in general "Latin") it's an ironic joke to suggest that someone crude enough to curse in public would know Latin).

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u/Livid_Tailor7701 Nov 27 '22

5k ludzi, którzy zaznaczyli opcje TAK, nigdy nie miało słownika wyrazów obcych w ręku. Albo nie zna żadnego innego języka Kurwa występuje w językach słowiańskich, a curve pojawia się też w lancinskoch, grece, Frankowskich i germanskich.

Więc jest to słowo. Używane w Polsce, ale nie polskie. Jak telefon czy gieroj.

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u/Reddiciarz Nov 28 '22

Nie ma bardziej polskiego słowa niż kurwa, idioto. A wszystkie inne śmieszne, zniekształcone z nieprawidłowym akcentem kurwy, jak twoja matka. Są zdecydowanie rzadziej używane niż w języku polskim. Jak w Polsce 100% ludzi użyło słowa kurwa a w ościennych krajach może 5% ludzi użyło jej zniekształconej wersji. To skąd to słowo może pochodzić?