Top ten literal Swedish words
Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 15 Aug 2014, 10:29
Published: 15 Aug 2014 10:29 GMT+02:00
Swedish can at times be a hilariously literal language and The Local has put together a few choice cuts for your light-hearted amusement.
So if you find yourself lost for words when say, trying to name a household appliance or a bodily feature, just think to yourself - what does said object do or resemble, literally?
Check out The Local's top ten literal Swedish words.
Or when you are feeling a bit ill and need to see a doc, what is the most literal way to describe a hospital, or indeed a bruise.
And if you like your drinks over ice but don’t want to crunch your way through it, what it is the most literal way to describe a straw?
The answers are in The Local's top ten list of literal Swedish words.
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