T – Taste

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.

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‘Smaken är som baken, delad.’

The taste is like your bum, divided.

Or the more insulting version: ‘Smaken är som baken, skitig’ – The taste is like your bum, dirty.
We all have different taste, and even if it is divided, it’s Ok.

Another unrelated ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ that is also about your back side is: ‘Finns det hjärterum som finns det stjärterum’ – if there is room in the heart there is room for the bum. If you are in a crowded place and a friend comes along, you will make space for them anyway because you have a space in their heart for them. You will give up some space for them to make sure they are included too.

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S – Sliding Shrimp

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.

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‘Att glida in på en räkmacka’

To slide in on a shrimp sandwich

This is a fun ‘Swedish Silly Saying’, describing how someone will use an open faced shrimp sandwich to slide in and gain benefits. Someone who has used their privilege or upper hand to get something more than someone else, which of course makes any Swede jealous enough to point out the shrimp sandwich being used.

This is also slightly related to the saying of being born with a silver spoon in the mouth, a saying that exists in Swedish too but is not as Silly as the shrimp sandwich.

S. Livet på en räkmacka

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R – River

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.

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‘Ropa inte hej förrän du kommit över bäcken.’

Don’t call hello before you jumped over the river.

This ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ is reminding you to not call the winner before the game is over or brag about something that might not be happening yet. At first sight, it might seem like a helpful saying, to make sure no one is embarrassed when they fall into the river. However, knowing the Swedish psyche, it is more a reminder to make sure that you are not putting yourself above anyone else, by bragging about victory before it has happened.
You might have heard of ‘Jantelagen’ – the Law of Jante.  An unwritten law that governs the people of Sweden and keeping them in line. If you want to learn more about Jantelage, this website have some fun fact in explaining this very strange part of Sweden.

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Q – Quick

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‘Dra åt skogen.’

Run for the woods

If you hear this, you better move quick (or run for the woods) because that means that someone is irritated at you and there might be other trouble waiting for you if you dare to stay.

Another ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ that you might hear is ‘Släng dig i backen’ – throw yourself on the hill. It is a bit nicer than if they ask you to run for the woods, you are not in as much trouble, but watch out just in case.

How do you tell someone in your language that you don’t wish to see them again?

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P – Poop

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‘Att skita i det blå skåpet.’

To poop in the blue cabinet

This lovely ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ can be said when someone has done something really stupid that will not benefit them at all. I haven’t managed to find out why the cabinet has to be blue specifically. If there is any Swedes out there who have any idea, let me know!

If you have pooped in the blue cabinet you might be told by a not so kind friend that you are ‘ett jävla ålahuvud’ – a bloody eel head. That you are a little bit stupid who can do better. This saying is more a Scanian dialect saying than strictly Swedish. The dialect is spoken in the most southern part of Sweden (think Wallander and the Bridge area), and this particular saying lends itself very well to this dialect as we have a tendency to put extra vowels between words to make the word roll of the tongue better. In this case the A between ål (eel) and huvud (head). But that’s extra curricular to learn a whole new Swedish dialect too.

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O – Owl

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‘Att ana ugglor I mossen’

To suspect owls in the bog.

Yet another animal ‘Swedish Silly Saying.’ They keep popping up.

This is one is used when you sense that something is not quite right. Someone might have given you a proposition that is too good to be true, or someone tries to pull the wool over your eyes (see I can do it in English too!) but you don’t quite believe them. Simply, you sense that something is wrong.

A few other animals ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ can be found here H, I, K, M.

 

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N – Name

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‘Alla känner apan, apan känner ingen’

Everyone knows the monkey, but the monkey knows no one.

What’s in a name?
This saying always reminds me of one of my friends, a social butterfly who flits around friendship groups and everyone seem to know her quite well, even though she doesn’t always know who those people are. This specific saying, is meant to be a negative description of someone, but I never thought of it like that because of my friend. It is quite fascinating how the connotation of words can change depending on how you perceive it. This is something I keep finding when I researched for this year’s entries that my understanding of the ‘Swedish Silly Sayings’ are not based on fact but on circumstances and culture.
Do you find that sometimes with your native tongue, your understanding of the language can have so many meanings, whereas in your second and third language (or more) it becomes more literal, even after several years speaking English everyday in my professional and personal life, it is still a very literal, strict language to me.

I have collected many ‘Swedish Silly Sayings’ about animals and it doesn’t seem to end here. For a few more see my previous posts on A, H, I, K to mention a few.

Now when we are half way through this challenge, may I remind you that you can find all (published) posts here.

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M – Movement

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‘Att gå som katten kring het gröt.’

To walk like the cat around hot porridge.

Today it is not the mice who are in trouble, doing what they are not suppose to do, but rather the cat who sneaks around, impatiently, around the porridge.
This ‘Swedish Silly Saying’ describe someone who is anxiously waiting for something, usually it is some kind of information, perhaps even information that they shouldn’t be part of.

M. katter

If you want to read more about animal ‘Swedish Silly Sayings’ see my first post this month.

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L – Lake

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‘Att kasta pengarna i sjön’

To throw the money in the lake.

Another pessimistic outlook on the world that Swedish people are so good at. This saying is used especially when you think someone bought something or invested in something that is not going to pay out. It can also be used when you want to let someone know that they ended up doing exactly what you warned them not to do. You can then smuggly tell them that they have thrown their money in the lake.

What sayings do you use in your language to say ‘I told you so’

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K – Knowledge

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‘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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