Punjabis don’t just swear to offend and insult, we swear to divulge information, communicate ideas and enrich each other’s lives with meaning. We strive to make this world a better place by substituting mundane phrases with colourful abuse. The following are just some of the ways in which we accomplish this.
O Phuddi Deya: Hey you
Ja Pehn Yahvaa: Go away
Teri Bund PaaR Deyanga: I don’t like you.
Teri Bund PaaR Ke Hath Ich PhaRa Deyanga: I really don’t like you.
Aa Vayi, Kutteya, Dalleya, Kanjara!: I like you!
Zehn Nu LoRay Lag Gaye Ne: I am confused.
Changi Bund Bandooq Hoi Ai: I am worried.
Bund Ich Khurak Hond’ai Ai: I want to do something inadvisable.
TeriaN KyoN ChuwaN SaRdiaN Ne?: What’s it to you?
Ai Ki Lulbaazi Ai?: This is not right.
Meri Bund Maar Lao: I’ve had enough.
Laala Musa KhariaN Pehn Yahn SavariaN: I am going to do what I want.
O Kithay Bund Marai JaandeiN?: Where are you going?
TuN Kithay Pehn Yahn Gai Aa Si?: Where have you been?
Lun Baabay Da!: No way!
Ud’da Teer Tu’i Ich Le Layai: I have gotten myself into trouble.
Hun Lun PhaR Ke Beh Rao: Nothing can be done now.
Kisay Vele Bund Nai Vi Marayi Di: Do something useful for once.
Tenu Bund Taar Ayi Ai?: And you know this, how?
TuN Nira Lun ‘i AiN: I am disappointed in you.
TuN Aap Hi Ungal Layi Honi: It’s your fault.
Teri Maa Nu Sunday Pein: I hope it doesn’t work out for you.
Onhe Bund Leni Keeti Ai: He criticized me.
Onhe Meri Bund Ich BaaN Pai Ai: He won’t leave me alone.
Onda Phuddu Lagge Ai: He is very lucky.
Ai BaRa Gandoo Ai: He’s very clever.
Tu’i Khali Kar Ditti Su: He’s given up.
Lun Te Chand Maari Su: That hurt on a personal level.
O Pehn Di Lun!: This is amazing!
BundaaN PaaR Deyan Ge!: We will triumph.
TussaN Ki Yehn Khata Khole Ai: I do not trust your establishment.
Ullo Da Patha!: I can’t swear because the kids are listening.