Our Mexican neighbors south of the border use curse words an average of 20 times a day, according to the polling firm, Consulta Mitofsky.
No word on whether an equal rate of swearing can be found among the millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico who live in the United States. But we imagine it's pretty high in Maricopa County, home of Sheriff Joe "Arrest 'Em All" Arpaio.
Americans are no slackers when it comes to dropping f-bombs and other "bad" words, of course.
But we enjoy spicing up our foul language with words gleaned from our many years living in the salsa-flavored Valley.
We learned words like pendejo and puta in junior high school -- we only thought we knew what they meant.
Spanish is a wonderfully colorful and expressive language, and even its curse words sound like poetry. Frequent use of English swear words can make you sound like an ignorant gilipollas, but adding some Spanish to the mix adds a touch of class to any obscenity-laced tirade. Even former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used the word cojones in a public statement (thought she did receive some mierda over it...)
Take some time to learn a few choice profanities from Web sites like this one. Then, next time you're in Rocky Point, you can do what the Mexicans do.
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