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A couple of swedish compound words

I put together a list of some funny/interesting/maybenotsofunny compound words. Please share if you know of more!

1. Sköldpadda (Shield toad)

Turtle.

Sköld (Shield) + Padda (Toad)

2. Grönsak (Green thing)

Vegetable.

Grön (Green) + Sak (Thing)

3. Jordgubbe (Earth geezer)

Strawberry.

Jord (Earth/Soil) + Gubbe (Old man)

4. Bröstvårta (Breast wart)

Nipple.

Bröst (Breast) + Vårta (Wart)

5. Smörgås (Butter goose)

Sandwich.

Smör (Butter) + Gås (Goose)

6. Kofångare (Cow catcher)

Car Fender.

Ko (Cow) + Fångare (Catcher)

7. Fladdermus (Flutter mouse/Flappy mouse)

Bat.

Fladder (Flutter) + Mus (Mouse)

8. Svartsjuk (Black sick)

Jealous.

Svart (Black) + Sjuk (Sick)

9. Tjuvlyssna (Thief listen)

Eavesdrop.

Tjuv (Theif) + Lyssna (Listen)

10. Blåmärke (Blue mark)

Bruise.

Blå (Blue) + Märke (Mark)

11. Späckhuggare (Blubber cutter)

Orca, Killer whale.

Späck (Blubber) + Huggare (Cutter)

12. Leksak (Play thing)

Toy.

Lek (Play) + Sak (Thing)

13. Vaktmästare (Guard master)

Janitor.

Vakt (Guard) + Mästare (Master)

14. Trädgårdsmästare (Tree yard master)

Gardener.

Trädgård (Yard) + Mästare (Master)

15. Tvättbjörn (Laundry bear)

Raccoon.

Tvätt (Laundry) + Björn (Bear)

16. Arbetsgivare (Work giver)

Arbete (Work) + Givare (Giver)

17. Flodhäst (River horse)

Hippo.

Flod (River) + Häst (Horse)

18. Glasögon (Glass eyes)

Glasses.

Glas (Glass) + Ögon (Eyes)

19. Utomjording (Out of earther)

Alien.

Utom (Out of) + Jording (Earther)

2 years ago

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This is actually very funny. Thanks for the laugh! ;-P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KlantOstwodd

My pleasure!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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If anyone has ever wondered where Finnish compounds came from (at least some of them), wonder no more. We translated some of them literally:

  • arbets+givare = työn+antaja
  • tvätt+björn = pesu+karhu (wash bear)
  • sköld+padda = kilpi+konna
  • vakt+mästare = vahti+mestari
  • flod+häst = virta+hepo (which comes from Ancient Greek anyway, hippo (horse) + potamus (river))

And some we took even if we didn't quite understand them:

  • svart+sjuk = musta+sukkainen (black socked)

Note: The last five are the ones I'm certain are translated from other languages, even if the origin isn't actually Swedish. The first one could be our own that just resembles others.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KlantOstwodd

Kiitos, very interesting. I love finnish!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/heathmar

Great list and info as always! Tack.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KlantOstwodd

Tack själv :)

2 years ago

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Thanks for sharing. :-)

2 years ago
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