Context: I know no Chinese but am writing a piece of fiction in which, incidentally, Taiwanese characters are involved in escalating arguments & I would like to have some increasingly disrespectful and aggressive ways for participants to address each other. I have done background research and am content with formal, common ways for Older Sister and Younger Brother to address each other, but have not been able to find anything other than various insults (often involving eggs!) to use in an argument
A complicating factor is that the Chinese will be given in [updated] semi-literal English translation and should ideally also sound insulting in English, thus for example bèndàn (笨蛋) meaning dummy, fool, idiot wouldn't work because "dumb egg" sounds almost endearing in English.
Question: thus I would like to know how Older Sister would address Younger Brother - and vice versa - in Taiwanese Chinese to express the following (before speaking about the topic)
- Apoplectic fury
If the generation of the speaker is important, consider Older Sister to be late thirties, and younger brother thirty-ish.
Simplified or Traditional Chinese + Pinyin for the English would be appreciated (so I can also do further research).
Further insight into whether particular phrases are typically used to be deliberately provocative or are just purely expressive (or any other nuance) would of course be welcome
Sources tried so far:
- LTL School. ‘55 Chinese Swear Words -- Chinese Curse Words (You Need) To Know’
- ‘Chinese Insults: How to Name-Call Like a Pro (Part 1)’
- ‘How to Address Anyone You Meet in China’
- ‘Mandarin - Exactly How Bad Is It to Call a Family Member by Their given Name? - Chinese Language Stack Exchange’
- ‘Older Sister | Mandarin Chinese Pinyin English Dictionary’
- Chinese Language Blog | Language and Culture of the Chinese-Speaking World. ‘Swear Words in Chinese’