Miscellaneous: March 28th, 2012 by OG
A reader has made a YouTube version of our recent List of Ten Swedish words you won’t find in English
Thanks to The Swedish Lad for that one! Stay tuned at The Local for more fun lists in the not too distant future.
Miscellaneous: March 26th, 2012 by DL
Time once again for us to announce The Local’s Word of the Week for last week, March 19-23 (week 12).
Readers had to search extra hard as last week’s word didn’t appear as often as previous words of the week.
Ironically, this rather sparse showing for last week’s word is more or less in direct contrast with its meaning.
So what was the Word of the Week?
According to Merriam Webster‘s online dictionary, bevy is defined as:
1) a large group or collection
2) a group of animals and especially quail
Equivalent Swedish words include “skock” and “flock”, according to Tyda.se.
As it turned out, however, there wasn’t really a bevy of articles featuring last week’s Word of the Week, which appeared in the following stories:
Keep an eye out this week for more out-of-the ordinary words which might qualify as the Word of the Week.
Miscellaneous: March 19th, 2012 by OG
The Local wins the third round of Word of the Week, despite more guesses than ever this time.
It seems we caught you out with a few red herrings, such as kerfuffle, and bamboozle.
But, The Local did the final bamboozling, and we can now reveal that the word of the week for the 12th to the 19th March (known as week 11 in Sweden) was…
Defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a noun meaning
: the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten;especially : the condition of being oblivious
: the condition or state of being forgotten or unknown
Its Swedish equivalent according to tyda.se is glömska, meaning “The state of being disregarded or forgotten.
In case you don’t remember this popping up every day, or don’t believe us – here is the list of articles containing “oblivion”.
In terms of a Swedish word we quite like at The Local – why not try “att harkla” – a verb meaning “to clear your throat”. Sure, not an easy one to slip into a conversation, but no doubt likely to impress someone with your expertise.
Be sure to let us know if you think you’ve seen an unusual word popping up this week, email us or tweet to us @thelocalsweden – with a #tlwow hashtag.
Will you be the first to guess it right, or will we be taking in the honour for the fourth week running.
Miscellaneous: March 15th, 2012 by OG
If you’ve already followed the local staff on Twitter and are looking to follow more people, here’s the full list of Sweden’s top 15 “most influential” tweeters, according to Medieakademin’s research. There are 200,000 people using Twitter in Sweden.
1 Jonas Gardell, comedian/author.
2 Carl Bildt, politician.
3 Annika Lantz, journalist.
4 Timbuktu, musician.
5 Magnus Betnér, comedian.
6 Soran Ismail, comedian.
7 Niklas Svensson, journalist.
8 Maria Wetterstrand, politician.
9 Emanuel Karlsten, social media expert.
10 Jan Gradvall, journalist.
11 Fredrik Virtanen, journalist.
12 Hans Rosling, professor of international health.
13 Leif Pagrotsky, politician.
14 Isabella Löwengrip, blogger.
15 Lena Sundström, journalist
Miscellaneous: March 12th, 2012 by OG
For the last two weeks, The Local has been including a “Word of the Week” in at least one story on every weekday, in an effort to add a little spice to the news and to keep readers on their toes.
There were a handful of emails and tweet-guesses; however, no-one succeeded again this week, and now The Local has taken home the first two rounds.
The Word of the Week for March 2-March 9 (known as “Week 10″ in Sweden) was:
Defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a transitive verb meaning “to overwhelm with shock, surprise, or wonder”
The word appeared in the following five stories last week:
And for those working on their Swedish, here’s The Local’s Swedish word of the week, which obviously never made it into any articles, but has a special place in our hearts:
Which according to tyda.se means “to saunter, or stroll about”. Pepper your Swedish small talk with this one to impress your friends!
So – keep your eye out this week for a word that’s a little out of the ordinary, and seems to be popping up regularly… one’s already up there…
And feel free to let us know your guesses (or provide suggestions) via Twitter at @TheLocalSweden with a #tlwow hashtag or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org — Will YOU be the first ever correct guesser?
Miscellaneous: March 6th, 2012 by OG
Here at The Local, we just thought we’d remind you that we’re actively tweeting. For those of you with Twitter, our Swedish journalists are tweeting at the following accounts:
David Landes, Editor: @davelandes
Rebecca Martin, Deputy Editor: @darlinbec
Oliver Gee, Journalist: @TheUppsalaKoala
Of course, The Local Live Feed is available at @TheLocalSweden
Be sure to follow them for the news as it happens, for live-tweeting from Sweden’s bigger events, and we’d even venture to suggest the occasional laugh out loud (all in 140 characters or less, of course).
In the meantime, watch this space as we keep you updated with further online developments.
Let us know if there are other social media networks you think The Local should embrace!
Keeping you in the loop, The Local.
Since last week (February 26-March 2), The Local has been including a “Word of the Week” in at least one story on every weekday.
We’re encouraging readers to keep a close eye on our stories to see if they can ferret out exactly which word has been chosen to add a bit of linguistic spice to our texts.
Following our mention of the Word of the Week in last week’s Fridayemail, a number of readers submitted their guesses via Twitter including “gobsmacked” and “Estelle”, the name of Sweden’s newest princess.
However, the Word of the Week for February 26-March 2 (known as “Week 9″ in Sweden) was:
Indeed, blistering, defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “extremely intense or severe” or “very rapid” appeared in the following five stories last week:
According to online English-Swedish dictionary Tyda.se, the Swedish translations for “blistering” include” brännande”, “svidande” or “hastig”.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the new Word of the Week in stories published this week. The word will be revealed here next week.
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