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Swedish word of the day: talmansrunda

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Published: 14.Dec.2018 15:10 hrs

The word 'talmansrunda' is crucial vocabulary if you want to have any hope of understanding the ongoing political deadlock in Sweden.

Let's break the word down. Talman means 'speaker of parliament' and is itself a compound word from the verb att tala (to speak) and the noun man (man). There have been women speakers in Sweden's political history, the first of them in 1991, but women in the role are still referred to as the talman (Fru Talman or 'Ms Speaker' in direct address, and en kvinnlig talman or 'a woman speaker' if it's necessary to emphasize the speaker's gender).

Then there's the noun runda, which means 'round' or 'turn'. So far, so simple. But to explain what the word means, we need some context on the current political situation.

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