How to say it: Pronounced "pu-teh."
What it means: Literally, "whore," but nowadays used as a spastic expletive.
When it's used: Ejaculated in sudden fury or frustration, like "Crap!" or "Fuck!"
Occasionally uttered slowly, even whispered, as when witnessing an ID4 invasion: puuuu-tain.
Raunchy relatives: putain de merde—stronger version of putain.