Swear words are often the most versatile words in a language, and that’s no different in Chinese. In this post we’ll be looking at the word for fart. Check out the campfire scene from Blazing Saddles if you’re not familiar with the image above. Also, it should go without saying, if you’re offended by swears then give this one a miss.
The main meaning of the character is fart, and that’s exactly where we’ll start from. To say that someone has farted we need to enlist the help of another character, one that you learn quite early on. 放（fàng）primary means put, but also release:
shéi fàng pì?
Nice and straightforward, but there’s also a secondary meaning, nonsense, which is used a lot like the English bullshit. It’s easy to remember to, because it’s exactly the same as above, the difference is how you use it.
Wǒ měi tiān néng zhuàn liǎng qiān měijīn yě bùyòng líkāi jiā
I can earn $2000US a day without leaving the house
In response to this ridiculous claim you could also just say 屁, or add a 啦 for extra emphasis 屁啦！Note: While this does add emphasis, saying 「屁啦」is a favourite of Taiwanese girls, so guys should avoid and stick to straight up 屁.
If someone is constantly talking shit, then don’t be afraid to call it out as 屁话.
Tā yīzhí shuō pìhuà
He’s constantly talking nonsense
Walking the line between bullshit and just plain shit is 狗屁（gǒu pì）, literally meaning ‘dog fart’ this word is placed before the shitty thing in question.
zhè tái gǒupì diànnǎo yīzhí dāng jī
This shitty computer is always crashing
Zhè shì shénme gǒupì zhèngcè?
What kind of bullshit (government) policy is this?
If you want to tell someone to piss off, use “eat a fart” instead, a lot more colourful:
huí jiā de lù zhōng bāng wǒ mǎi liǎng guàn píjiǔ, hǎo ma?
On the way home buy me a couple of beers, ok?
To disregard someone’s plan or idea as bullshit you can use the “…個屁” construct.
Wǒ yīnggāi huí jiā, míngtiān zǎoshang yào gōngzuò
I better go (back) home, I have work in the morning.
Huí jiā gè pì, wǒmen gāng kāishǐ hē éryǐ
Go home? Bullshit, we’ve only just started drinking.
Phew, that’s a lot of fart words.