You’re definitely not the only one who gets uneasy about saying the word butt in Spanish. I wrote this post so you can avoid making a culo out of yourself unintentionally :).
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First of all, in this postwe’re talking anatomy. We’renot discussing the conjunction “but,” nor some other use of the word “butt” like “head butt”, “butt” of a cigarette, “butt” of a joke, “butt” of a rifle, “butt” of bread,nor a “butt” weld. If you’re interested in these terms as well, check out the tail end of this post.
Even when you narrow down your use of“butt” in Spanish to only anatomy, you still have a handful of options…take a peep:
Common words for “butt”in Spanish, only 2 are recommended:
El culo: Ass – please don’t use this with patients – no discussion needed.
Los glúteos:Great choice for all of your adult patients. Yes, it is tecnically a specific term for the muscles in your bottom, but it works perfectly in a professional context.
Los glúteosis afirm choice.
Lasnalgas:This is an okay word for butt,and it’s totally benign for most people, but not all. So, it’s not recommended. At best, this is a flabby choice.
El pompis: Great way to say “bottom” when talking to a child. It sounds a little silly when talking to an adult to use pompis, but you can’t go wrong when speaking with kids. This is another firm choice.
El trasero, las pompas, las nachas:The behind or backside of a person. These arenotnecessarily offensive terms by nature(that I’m aware of), they’rejust a too colloquial and don’t sound professional enough for you to use with patients. If you ever have occasion to talk about butts in a social setting, these couldbe firm choices; but be careful about your tone – you can basically makemost words offensive if you say them in a suggestive way. In professional settings, you won’t use any of these three, therefore I give them aflabby rating.
That’s it for butt in Spanish as we refer to anatomy. ¡Cuidado!
Other meanings of “butt” in Spanish:
butas a conjunction: perohead butt: cabezazocigarette butt: la colilla, la chinga, la bachabuttof a joke: el puerquito, el blanco, el objetobutt of a rifle: la culatabuttin where you don’t belong: metersebutt of bread: la tapa, la suegra, la punta, el cuscurro, el curruscobutt weld: soldadura a tope