A Wheel of Time Wiki
A Wheel of Time Wiki

Swearing occurs quite often in the books in both someone saying a swear word and someone thinking one. Insults also occur just as often.

Popular Swear Words

  • Bloody - Is a swear word by itself, "bloody" is also used to enhance or illustrate anger or annoyance (e.g. "blood and bloody ashes" [See blood and ashes], "Bloody women!", "Bloody fools!").
  • Flaming - Is a swear word by itself, "flaming" is also used to preface to another word to show potent expression of anger or annoyance (e.g. "Flaming Aes Sedai").
  • Blasted - A swear word used in conjunction with another word, similar in usage to "damned" (e.g. "Blasted Dragon Reborn").
  • Light - Used when astonished (e.g. "Light help us") or an exclamation (e.g. "Light!").
  • Burn (me, you, other person/group/object) - Similar use as damn (e.g. "Damn you", "Burn you") commonly used in response to some upsetting news (e.g. "Burn my bones").

Insults, Curses, and Vulgar Phrases

  • Blood and ashes - Expresses anger, disgust, another negative emotion. Commonly intensified by using bloody ("blood and bloody ashes").
  • Bloody ox of a thimble-brained man[1] - Combination of insults and swears meaning a big man with a small brain; another way of calling someone an idiot.
  • Bilge stone[2] - Sea Folk insult, referring to the waste on board a ship.
  • Boneheaded[3] - Idiotic.
  • Bull-goose fool - A reckless idiot ("twice he had stepped through a ter'angreal like a bull-goose fool,"[4] "still smiling like a bull-goose fool,"[5] "a pure bull-goose fool"[6][7]).
  • Chit - Derogatory term for girl, used like 'bitch' or 'twit' ("a lazy chit,"[8] "you ill-tempered little chit,"[9] "if she wore dresses and simpered at him like a brainless chit,"[10] etc.).
  • Crackbrain[11][12] - Idiotic or crazy.
  • Daughter/Son of the sands - Extreme Sea Folk insult, usually is followed by violence.[2]
  • Fish-loving scavenger - Sea Folk insult, probably not as "mild" as Elayne imagines.[13]
  • Goat-kissing - Describing someone or something as despicable or annoying (e.g. "Goat-kissing Halfman",[14] "straight through to the goat-kissing ferry,"[15] or "sisters mingling with those goat-kissing Asha'man[16]).
  • Goat-spawned toad[17] - Generally berating insult.
  • Goose-brain[18] - Idiot; also goose-brained.[19]
  • Light-blinded fool - A righteous, ignorant, misguided, or stupid person ("If you weren't such a Light blinded fool,"[20] or "Burn me for a bloody Light-blinded fool"[21]) Also light-blinded idiot.[22]
  • Light-forsaken - Something that is desolate or wretched ("Even here in this Light-forsaken corner of the world,"[23] or "Light-forsaken axe! Burn me, I wish I had never seen it!"[24])
  • Lightskirt[25] - A person who is "easy," or a slut.
  • Lummox - An oaf, idiot, or lump of a man; usually with an adjective, such as "addle-brained lummox,"[18] "hairy lummox"[26] (one of Faile's insults toward Perrin,) "wool-headed lummox,"[27][28], or simply "great lummox."[29]
  • Milk-faced - Descriptive of a pretty woman, implying she uses her beauty to tempt men ("He wants a milk-faced vixen who runs about half-naked,"[26] "that milk-faced chit"[30]).
  • Milk-hearted - Cowardly, weak, or timid;[31] sometimes used by Aiel to describe wetlanders.[32][33]
  • Mule - Someone who is stubborn is often compared to a mule ("Stubborn as a cross-eyed mule,"[34] "surlier than a mule with four stone-bruised hooves,"[31] or "mule-headed"[35]).
  • Mother's milk in a cup - Expression of disgust, anger; an obscenity considered particularly vulgar.[25][36]
  • Muscle-brained cretin[1] - Big, stupid man or one who thinks with his muscles.
  • Peace! - Shienaran exclamation of surprise or used like "gosh" ("Peace, but it is good to see you"[37]).
  • Sheep swallop - As in, "Oh sheep swallop! Sheep swallop and bloody buttered onions!"[38] Meaning unknown beyond being impressively foul language.
  • Silverpike - Tairen expression meaning a swarm of small troubles that together create one big one, can mean persistent, immediate trouble ("Samara's a school of silverpike around a chunk of bloody meat"[9]).
  • Summer ham[33] - Coarse and slightly obscure insult.
  • Thieving fisher-bird - Tairen expression for a sneaky thief ("And burn the thieving fisher-bird,"[39] "had her flapping like a fisher-bird whose catch had been stolen,"[10] "a temper in you like a fisher-bird with a bone in its throat,"[40] "that fool girl has less brains than a fisher-bird"[41]).
  • Treekillers - Aiel epithet for Cairhienin.
  • Witches/Tar Valon witches[42] - Epithet used to refer to Aes Sedai, especially common among Whitecloaks.[43][44]
  • Wooden-headed buffoon[26] - An idiot.
  • Woolhead - A pejorative term used by or about Two Rivers folk, connoting one who stubbornly denies the obvious or the truth.[45]. A common insult used extensively,[46][47][48][49][25][50][7][51][52][53][54][55] wool-headed used just as frequently, often as a "wool-headed fool"[56][57] [58][59] or "wool-headed idiot,"[60][61][8][62][63][64] referring to an idiot mistake[65][66] or just a "wool-headed man."[67][68]

Obsolete Curses

  • Tsag - An obscenity uttered by Sammael, possibly from the Old Tongue.[69]
  • Bajad drovja - Another curse from the lips of Sammael, presumably from the Age of Legends.[69]
  • kjasic - An expletive spoken by Sammael used as an adjective: "in the this kjasic flyspeck of a city!"[70]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Shadow Rising, Chapter 17
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Crown of Swords, Chapter 39
  3. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 6
  4. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 5
  5. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 29
  6. The Path of Daggers, Chapter 21
  7. 7.0 7.1 Winter's Heart, Chapter 22
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Great Hunt, Chapter 24
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 47
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Shadow Rising, Chapter 47
  11. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 30
  12. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 15
  13. The Path of Daggers, Chapter 6
  14. The Great Hunt, Chapter 11
  15. The Great Hunt, Chapter 10
  16. Knife of Dreams, Prologue
  17. A Crown of Swords, Chapter 17
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Shadow Rising, Chapter 29
  19. Winter's Heart, Chapter 5
  20. The Eye of the World, Chapter 13
  21. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 52
  22. The Eye of the World, Prologue
  23. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 31
  24. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 36
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Winter's Heart, Prologue
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 The Shadow Rising, Chapter 14
  27. The Great Hunt, Chapter 8
  28. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 26
  29. The Great Hunt, Chapter 48
  30. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 54
  31. 31.0 31.1 The Shadow Rising, Chapter 50
  32. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 5
  33. 33.0 33.1 The Path of Daggers, Chapter 1
  34. Lord of Chaos, Prologue
  35. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 53
  36. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 14
  37. The Eye of the World, Chapter 46
  38. A Crown of Swords, Chapter 38
  39. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 12
  40. The Great Hunt, Chapter 18
  41. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 30
  42. The Eye of the World, Chapter 30
  43. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 9
  44. A Crown of Swords, Prologue
  45. The Wheel of Time Companion, woolhead
  46. The Eye of the World, Chapter 2
  47. The Great Hunt, Chapter 17
  48. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 41
  49. The Path of Daggers, Chapter 29
  50. Winter's Heart, Chapter 11
  51. Winter's Heart, Chapter 32
  52. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 26
  53. Knife of Dreams, Chapter 11
  54. Knife of Dreams, Chapter 27
  55. Knife of Dreams, Chapter 29
  56. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 2
  57. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 54
  58. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 10
  59. The Eye of the World, Chapter 27
  60. The Eye of the World, Chapter 35
  61. The Great Hunt, Chapter 12
  62. The Great Hunt, Chapter 38
  63. The Great Hunt, Chapter 39
  64. The Path of Daggers, Chapter 27
  65. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 49
  66. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 29
  67. The Great Hunt, Chapter 23
  68. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 55
  69. 69.0 69.1 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 6
  70. A Crown of Swords, Chapter 15