Sign language words and the communication form itself has been mentioned since before our era in the fifth century B.C., and though it has old roots the common usage of it in Western countries dates only to the 17th century. Now, as with any other language, the speaker doesn't just need to learn to sign language basic words, but also words to express grieve disappointment, dissatisfaction, and anger. Yes, we're talking about swearing. In case you weren't aware, deaf people use swearing just as much as the rest of us - they're just able to do it a little more discreetly. YouTube channel Cut has helped us all join in on the fun by posting a video in which 7 deaf people show how to say all of your favorite curse words in American sign language, and it's so much more fun than just flipping the bird.

Some of the swear words involve pretty straight-forward hand charades, and probably shouldn't be acted out in public places. Other cussing examples, however, are more subtle and could be a mistake for a variety of meanings. Finally, some involve manually spelling out the word using sign language alphabet signs, encoding the bad words completely to the untrained eye. It's basically the most useful piece of education you're likely to get today (unless you feel like checking out more Cut content).

Watch the video of bad words in sign language below. Don't worry - we already know you're going to try them all in front of your computer screen. Just make sure any deaf family members have left the room first.

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Manyin Tom
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2 years ago

That's Big asshole

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Yvonne Bernal
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2 years ago

I was more interested in what her tattoo means.... anybody know??

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Mama Panda
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2 years ago

And if you move your thumb real fast, it means diarrhea.

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Gwen CSmith
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2 years ago

The origin of the 'Bitch Slap'...

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coffee zombie
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2 years ago

Oh no! That's how I place my hand when I cough.

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2 years ago

That everyone know i think :D

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Jeremie Guerra
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2 years ago

That evil smile :)

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Mangoes'nRum
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2 years ago

So that's why a left hand salute is insulting..

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KK
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2 years ago

Hahaha, so specific.

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Karma Lindner
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2 years ago

What he's doing and what the picture next to him is doing is different.

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Heidrance
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2 years ago

wait, you literally have to spell "douchebag"? who has time for that?

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Say_cheeeese
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2 years ago

I even feel the background music.

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Cyndi H
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2 years ago

Cocksucker must be a super popular word to have 3 different people show us how to sign it?

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Jennifer Sheats
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2 years ago

Make legs with your hands and open them...so fitting!

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Stille20
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2 years ago

I feel like that is an expression that goes through her head a lot.

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anarkzie
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2 years ago

It looks so caring the way he does it.

Sarah Figini
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe he is describing a whore with a heart

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Vik Butvila
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2 years ago

Only an inch away from Bitch.....

Aly Khan
Community Member
2 years ago

When you apply that new face cream and feel the smoothness...

Kate Szymanski
Community Member
2 years ago

probably came from ppl back in the day calling women whores for wearing too much rouge.

Hawk
Community Member
2 years ago

I didn’t see what it was at first so I was like “where” is a bad word”

Kangi Win
Community Member
2 years ago

why censor the o in whore? This is swear words!!

Just Caturday 3.0
Community Member
2 years ago

At first I thought it was a censored "where" :D

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Shelley Handler
Community Member
1 month ago

This is so informative! ASL is such an expressive language. I speak several languages, and I'd love to learn ASL.

Amy Nelson
Community Member
3 months ago

Brilliant. Needed this today. Educational and super funny.

David Paracka
Community Member
1 year ago

Special whore

Matteo Mangialetti
Community Member
1 year ago

Funny how anything sexual has an “*”...

Kayleigh Pirs
Community Member
1 year ago

in Flemish sign language it kind of looks like scratshing your nose, how many insultions i accidentally made

Serasia
Community Member
1 year ago

Their expressions are the most entertaining, really.

Bryon Bartholome
Community Member
2 years ago

Why would someone asterisk/bleep "whore." Whore isn't a cuss word.

Angel McAwesum
Community Member
2 years ago

I learned this sign with the tongue pressing out on the cheek and the back of the hand rubbing the bump made

Sylvia van der Linden
Community Member
2 years ago

isn't that the sign for mother too????

Natasha Bosshardt
Community Member
2 years ago

Mom is from chin and hand straightlike a karate chop. Place thumb on chin and hand opem like a five pull away from face

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