Sweden's ten oddest sayings in English
24 Apr 2013, 16:21
Published: 24 Apr 2013 16:21 GMT+02:00
A proverb is a funny old thing. Each language has its own versions, many of which can easily translate as a concept into another language.
For example, Swedes often say "Borta bra men hemma bäst" which literally translates to "Away is good but home is best." In English, we just say "There's no place like home". Simple translation, both literally and conceptually.
But sometimes, a literal translation of a Swedish proverb will leave even the most cunning wordsmiths scratching their heads.
What should you heed if you're cautioned about beards in letterboxes, pigs in sacks, and cows on ice?
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