H – Hare

This post is part of the A-Z challenge, a blog challenge where you post everyday through April and visiting other blogs too. You don’t need to read my posts in any specific order, jump in when and where you want and learn some Swedish on the way.


Today we are shooting our food, or at least trying.

‘Nära skjuter ingen hare (men det kan lätt skrämma ihjäl den)’

Close shot but the hare didn’t die (but it might scare it to death).

This is another one of the many animal ‘Swedish Silly Sayings’ that we have, this time about a hare on a field.
This can be used as a put down to someone you think haven’t quite given it their all to complete something, someone who gave up before they reached their goal. It can also be used when someone celebrates the end result before they have reached the end.

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12 Responses to H – Hare

  1. Liam says:

    In English, we have “Close, but no cigar” which apparently comes from carnival games giving out cigars as prizes to the winners. It’s obviously long out of date.

  2. Anne Nydam says:

    I also was thinking of “close, but no cigar” but I think that one is more sympathetic and doesn’t imply that the person gave up or didn’t try hard enough. It really isn’t a put-down.
    Black and White: H is for Hercinia

  3. Frédérique says:

    I love Swedish sayings ;))

  4. trishafaye says:

    Another fun one! And lucky for the hare too.
    I enjoyed Liam’s explanation in the comments about the ‘Close, but no cigar.’ I’ve heard this phrase often, but didn’t know its origins.
    I’m loving your Swedish phrases, they bring a smile to my face.

    • jebjork says:

      Yay! I feel my work here is done. I had so much fun planning and writing them and it makes me so happy to see other people enjoying them.

  5. A J says:

    This saying reminds me of another saying “Don’t count your chickens until they’re hatched”

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