CONTENT WARNING:

Translated Spanish and Nahuatl vulgarity abound in this article.

When I was a kid, my tíos, abuelos and Dad used to warn me about screech / barn owls.

“They’re witches in disguise,” they said. “Looking to steal kids.”

Then they would launch into a discussion of protections against these magical pests. Among the many ways to escape them?

Bad words.

Barn Owl (from Wikipedia)