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Swedish word of the day: softa

He's a soft guy. What does that even mean? Image: nito103/Depositphotos

Published: 08.Nov.2018 11:50 hrs

Softa is a peculariar Swedish word and verb taken from English but which has absolutely nothing, (or very little) to do with its Shakespearean language origin.

Softa comes from the English word 'soft', but in Swedish it means to take it easy, to chill out, or to calm something down. Soft can also mean that someone is nice, relaxed or cool. Its opposite is osoft.

The word first entered the Swedish dictionary in 2006, but is thought to have been used as a slang word from at least the early 1990s. Swedish hip hop trio Just D in 1991 used the word in its song Relalalaxa, singing "tryck på paus å softa" (hit pause and chill).

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