Then began he to curse and to swear (tote hrxato kataqematizein kai omnuein). He repeated his denial with the addition of profanity to prove that he was telling the truth instead of the lie that they all knew. His repeated denials gave him away still more, for he could not pronounce the Judean gutterals. He called down on himself (kataqematizein) imprecations in his desperate irritation and loss of self-control at his exposure. The cock crew (alektwn epwnhsen). No article in the Greek, just "a cock crew" at that juncture, "straightway" (euqu). But it startled Peter.