Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Unfortunate fact

In Sweden, the term for "married" coincides with the word for "poison".
Gift.

5 comments:

  1. my aunt's favorite swenglish fact.

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  2. how does she feel about our treatment of neighboring countries' women?

    The word "finskor" could mean either Finnish women or fancy shoes.

    The word dansskor (dancing shoes) is just one s away from danskor - Danish women.

    however, Norwegian women (norskor)are not confused with any kind of footwear. Perhaps we pretend to not talk about them since they chose to leave the Swedish-Norwegian union back in 1905.

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  3. i will have to inquire! will report back soon. i think in my family norwegian women are regarded as insanely fit people who run up and down mountains, but i do not know how this represents itself linguisitically.

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  4. that's how most of us see them. we call them hurtbullar which roughly translates to "brisk-buns".

    it's the same hurt as in hurtigrutten. Hurtig in Norwegian means speedy, while in Swedish it's more a kind of cali-style granola-eating/hiking behavior. I guess you already know what the English-speaking world charges the poor hurt-word with.

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  5. Here's another one:

    The word in Spanish for wife (esposa) is the same as for handcuffs.

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