Sluts, sex and farts - welcome to Swedish
The Local · 20 Apr 2012, 14:24
Published: 20 Apr 2012 14:24 GMT+02:00
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An English speaker recently visited us in Stockholm, and found great amusement in pointing out all the funny looking words.
Yes, here in Sweden, most people don’t even raise an eyebrow when a train pulls into a “slut station” (final station). Nor when a magazine might offer “sex tips” for a better office environment (that is, six tips).
And when a road sign points out there is a “fart hinder” ahead, it just means speed bump (however the image above can always bring a smile).
Anyhow, these fresh eyes got us thinking. Sure, the Swedish language has some strange words from the perspective of an English speaker.
But even stranger, perhaps, are those Swedish words that amuse even the most determined language learner.
For example, the word "vegetables" in Swedish is “grönsaker” which literally translates to "green things" - and that's just the beginning.
With this in mind, we gathered our nine favourite Swedish words (with the help of our Twitter followers) where a literal translation could send you on a wild goose chase.
Call them weird translations, call them compounding madness, you can call them what you like: just don't eat the "mother cake".