I need ideas for curses in a language. Two, actually. In my book, there are a race of dragons called the Vrakardians, who are sea voyagers. They have a few different languages, from their secret language to the language they speak (name undisclosed to outsiders) with everyone else (Dragonian) to their language devoted entirely to profanity (Shkatardik.) They have a few curses in their native Dragonian (such as barschut, pronounced BAR-schoot) but they have an entire lexicon of swear words in a separate language devoted to them. Here's how it works: If a human stubbed his toe on a chair, he would probably say, F---ing chair, but a Vrakardian would say, Stupid chair, with chair being substituted with its Shkatardik equivalent. You could turn anything into an insult or slur. The worst Vrakardians use Shkatardik and Dragonian curses so frequently it's often difficult to understand them, like how you might be confused if someone's vocabulary consisted almost entirely of slang words you'd never heard of. I need any words that come to mind that sound bad (but aren't, at least in real life.) Just fire 'em off.
One of the things that I do is to try to understand the... language that I'm trying to get names and words for. If it's guttural, that's going to change the words I use. If there are lots of long words, then I'll switch and use shorter curse words because it stands out so much.
Not sure if that helps.
Well, a word I've considered for Shkatardik is "pithchit", which means "BS." Shkatardik is derived from a lot of spitting and sucking and snarling, like the incoherent sounds you might make when you're angry, put into cohesive language that's simplified into more easily pronounceable words that don't sound so much like animal noises.
As to Dragonian curses, there's "barschut", where the r is rolled and the u is long, and the sch is as guttural as possible, really getting the "ch" out of what sounds more like a "sh" sound.
There's another word, "vratch", that I'm trying to decide which language to put it in. It means an evil or terrible person.
I forgot to add - there was an old episode of Writing Excuses where I think they said that profanity generally breaks down to a few sections -
1: Blasphemy - cursing out the gods "by Thor's left chestnut"
2: Obscenity/vulgarity - sex and body related cursing, offensive to modesty or decency "oh pooh"
3: Profanity - religious related cursing "oh my lord!"