How to mildly insult someone in Danish
Most of our students know quite a few Danish swearwords and insults. They still have a bit to learn when it comes to the milder versions though.
Here are some creative ways to call someone an idiot in Danish:
En båtnakke ... [Back of the head] - b*ttneck. Basically just a loving way to call someone an idiot.
En vatnisse ... [Cotton wool elf] - wuss / sissy / scaredy cat. If someone is too spineless you can call them a vatnisse.
En kvajpande ... [Fool forehead] - bonehead. Also a great way to say idiot.
Et fjols ...[Dope] - oaf / twit. If someone is a complete fool.
En snothvalp ... [Snot puppy] - a punk / brat. Tired of kids nowadays? They are all a bunch of snothvalpe!
Et tudefjæs ... [Cry mug / face] - cry baby / whiner. Use this expression when someone keeps complaining.
En knaldperle ... [A throwdown / firecracker] - rascal. Bang snaps also known as throwdowns, snap-its or poppers are a type of small firework sold as a trick noisemaker. In Denmark, a 'knaldperle' is also an insult.
En narhat ... [Fool's hat] - jerk. You, fool's hat is the Danish way of saying that you are not just a fool, but as stupid as the hat the fool wears.
En klaptorsk ... [Clap codfish] - lout. The perfect insult for someone acting really stupid.
En kegle ...[Skittle / pin] - dork. Why Danes think calling people 'a skittle' or 'a pin' is insulting, I have no idea.
En klodsmajor ... [Brick major] - klutz / plonker. If someone is really clumsy, you can call them a 'klodsmajor'.
En klaphat ... [Clap hat - hat with hands that clap] - bozo. The Danish clap hat does not look very clever, but still...
Know any other insults?
Leave a comment and tell us your favourite Danish insult - the mild ones preferably.