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Why do so many Swedish slang words end in 'is'?

It's an especially common form of slang in the Stockholm area. Photo: Christopher Hunt/imagebank.sweden.se

Published: 20.Nov.2019 11:55 hrs

Did you know that this common Swedish slang construction has its roots in Latin? Catherine Edwards takes a look at the history of Swedish -is words, and how to use them to fit in with the locals.

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Hang around in Sweden long enough – especially if you're in the capital or spending time with teenagers – and you'll notice a peculiar language pattern.

The Swedish language might be known for its lengthy compound words, but in colloquial Swedish, many words have their ending chopped off and replaced with the suffix -is.

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