French Swear Words in Quebec

  • 01 of 08

    Introduction to Quebec's Colorful Assortment of Religious Slurs

    French swear words in Quebec.
    ••• Dimitri Otis / Getty Images

    Originally published July 23, 2011 | by Evelyn Reid - French swear words, as with swear words in general, often make reference to bodily excretions, orificial waste, sexual acts, incest, wedlock-free conception and sun-deprived body parts.

    But in the region's usual stubborn manner, we like to do things a little different here in Quebec. And our French swear words do a spectacular job of verbalizing that.

    First up? Our best-known swear word of all. 

    Visiting Montreal? Stay in Old Montreal's Best Accommodations

    Continue to 2 of 8 below.
  • 02 of 08

    Tabernacle

    French swear words in Quebec include tabernacle, which to Catholics outside of the region, is a perfectly innocent box,
    ••• French swear words in Quebec include tabernacle, which to Catholics outside of the region, is a perfectly innocent box. Godong / Getty Images

    Tabernacle” is one of Quebec's most popular French swear words, one usually employed to express irritation, pain, discouragement, outrage, anger, joy, hope and/or excitement. Discover the origins of tabernacle and how to use it in everyday conversation.

    Travel in Style: Montreal's Hottest Boutique Hotels

    Continue to 3 of 8 below.
  • 03 of 08

    Hostie

    French swear words in Quebec? Hostie is up there.
    ••• French swear words in Quebec? Hostie is up there. Sebastien Desarmaux / Getty Images

    A popular French swear word in Quebec, "hostie” is the French word for “host.” But this is not just any host. And former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper might have eaten it. Or not.

    Luxury Travel: Montreal's 5-Star Hotels

    Continue to 4 of 8 below.
  • 04 of 08

    Calice

    French swear words in Quebec include calice.
    ••• French swear words in Quebec include the unsuspecting calice. Chris Hondros / Getty Images

    In close contention with tabernacle for most popular swear word in Quebec is “calice,” a sacred goblet that may look innocent, perhaps even lush and ornate. But in Quebec, its very mention is wrought with profanity.*

    Stay Near Chinatown: Palais des Congrè s Hotels

    *Why all the church slurs in Quebec? Up until Quebec's Quiet Revolution in the '60s, the Catholic Church had an iron grip on the province's social, and by extension, political mores which some historians compare to a dark ages of sorts, a time when Quebec fell behind the rest of North America on a variety of fronts including economic development, this when not too long ago, Montreal found itself competing with New York to become the continent's leading metropolis. It's stunning to think that contrary to its juggernaut past, in modern times, Montreal has the dubious distinction of being declared by some sources the poorest city in North America.

    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • 05 of 08

    Sacrement

    French swear words in Quebec include sacrement,
    ••• Levi Bianco / Getty Images

    One of Quebec's gentler swear words, "sacrement" is a little harsher than "oh diddly darn." But barely.

    Visiting Montreal? Stay in the Heart of the Action

    Continue to 6 of 8 below.
  • 06 of 08

    Vierge

    French swears in Quebec include vierge.
    ••• Bet you didn't see this one coming. Krysia Campos / Getty Images

    Can't say "vierge" is used that often anymore but it happens, an innocent exclamation of note easily sandwiched into an impromptu string of slurs. Can you guess what vierge means and how it's used in everyday conversation?

    When It's Cold Outside: Montreal Winter Hotels

    Continue to 7 of 8 below.
  • 07 of 08

    Crisse

    French swear words in Quebec include crisse.
    ••• DEA / G. NIMATALLAH / Getty Images

    You say Christ? We say "crisse." 

    Continue to 8 of 8 below.
  • 08 of 08

    French Swear Words in Quebec

    French swear words in Quebec.
    ••• Carsten Koall / Getty Images

    You didn't think Quebec French was just swear words, did you? Quebec French is renowned for its unique expressions and dialect.