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Waffling on: A tradition of mispronunciation

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Waffling on: A tradition of mispronunciation
Swedish waffles. File photo: Jurek Holzer/TT
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Swedes tuck into waffles on March 25th in celebration of national Waffle Day (Våffeldagen), but did you know that the whole tradition is the result of a mispronunciation?
March 25th marks Våffeldagen in Sweden, where people celebrate by enjoying a waffle in all its crispy glory. In Sweden, the waffles are often enjoyed with cream and jam of the blueberry or raspberry variety. Sometimes Swedes prefer to eat the berries on top without any jam at all.
But we're waffling on. 
The interesting thing is that the March 25th wasn't always known as Waffle Day in Sweden - in fact it had a much holier subtext before. 
Instead of Våffeldagen, the day was known as "Vårfrudagen" (Our Lady Day), a celebration of the Virgin Mary's conception. The Swedish name Vårfrudagen sounds so similar to Våffeldagen (especially if you have a mouthful of waffle) that Swedes went with it.
The Swedes are a nation of sweet-tooths when it comes to national days for baked goods. In February, it's semla day where the entire country goes bananas for massive creamy buns.
October hosts another manic bun day in honour of the cinnamon bun. 
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