K – Knowledge

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.


‘När katten är borta dansar råttorna på bordet.’

When the cat is gone the rats dance on the table.

This is what happens when your parents / boss / teacher is gone (the cat) and you and your friends (the rats) will dance on the table and get up to other mischief. I am sure we all have memories when we have done just this, something we shouldn’t have done when no one was watching. My sister and I used to be up to all sort of shenanigans when our parents left us home alone for the evening. Probably to see how far we could go without anyone noticing anything.

What did you use to do when the cat was gone? Or perhaps still do.

For more animal ‘Swedish Silly Sayings’ go back to my A post.

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10 Responses to K – Knowledge

  1. Paula Light says:

    Cute saying! Hmm, it’s been a long time. I can’t remember what bad things I did, though I had a party once in high school when my parents were gone. 😀

  2. Frédérique says:

    I used to do… nothing 😉 Procrastinating mainly 😉

  3. Lael-Heart says:

    I watch sappy Netflix movies and CRY, ha ha.
    I also stay in my Pjs and eat ALL THE THINGS.
    I love the visual of this. Rats dancing on the table. I can see it so clearly and it makes me laugh.

  4. Liam says:

    In English we say “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.” Rats dancing on the table is once again a wonderful image.

  5. Trudy says:

    I like the rats dancing on the table version so much better than mice playing (the phrase I grew up with). I hope I can remember to use the Swedish phrase from now on.

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  9. Great posts. It’s an idea , sayings. Loved to read all your Swedish sayings. I went to an International school in the Paris Area and we had a Swedish Section so they usually performed during Swedish holidays, singing, dancing. I remember Santa Lucia , fondly. Nice to see the Swedish language written again. Though I do follow some Swedish tv series and have seen quite a lot of films over the years, I do not read Swedish, only English or French translations.
    Going through your list of sayings, now the challenge is over, and your list of blogs (the ones that I missed). I’ll probably get better at this AtoZ challenge next year. Congratulations on completing and coming back year after year.

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