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SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WORD #62

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WORD #62:
EN PAPPERSTIGER (common gender/en-word, pl: papperstigrar)
1. paper tiger (a person who seems powerful but cannot follow through with their threats), an empty threat

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson
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I just googled and found out that this is originally a Chinese expression which can even be found in Mao's little red book.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joel__W
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For whatever reason, I always think of this when I hear that expression:

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zzzzz...
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During the Winter War, the Swedes had a campaign to help the Finns:

Finlands sak är vår-campaign was not used just to recruit volunteers but also to donate food and medicine. Many Finnish children were also send to Sweden. During the Winter War and World War II, 70 000 Finnish children were send to Sweden. There is an excellent film by Klaus Härö about this called Den bästa av mödrar. Here is the trailer.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich
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I loved the trailer, Mari. I'm going to look for the full movie! Thanks for the Swedish Word of the Week, Super-Svensk!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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It's a great movie!

Edit: Do note that it's also very sad...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson
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I have heard about the movie, but I haven't watched it. Now I will!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson
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So did I :). Note that "en svensk tiger" means " a Swedish tiger" or "a Swede remains silent".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joel__W
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Might be because Sweden itself was quite the papperstiger during WWII :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HansLovesIce
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I looked this up on Wikipedia and read an interesting article about the campaign that was made in order to keep sweden out of the second world war. It seems to mean that swedes should remain silent to help Sweden in staying out of the war and at the same time be strong like a tiger also to stay out of the war. https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_svensk_tiger

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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That's close, but it was more like a public awareness campaign about German spies - "don't tell the enemy anything". The allies all had similar campaigns.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isterband

Native here, never heard about "papperstiger" ever in my life :o Should I?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
devalanteriel
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It's not that common, but it might come up - e.g. in newspapers - so it's worth knowing. :)

2 years ago