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Swedish word of the day: grym

'Vilken grym dag' can mean two very different things. Image: nito103/Depositphotos

Published: 15.Oct.2018 11:26 hrs

Today's chosen word is one that you're sure to hear a lot in conversation with Swedes.

Grym is used in two seemingly contradictory ways, one of them negative and the other positive.

The negative sense, translated as 'cruel', 'heartless' or 'mean' is the original: grym, like English 'grim', has its origins in an Old Norse word which referred to something fierce and savage. You might hear about grym treatment of someone or a grym tyrant.

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