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SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WORD #157

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WORD #157:
ANSPRÅKSLÖS (adjective)
1. modest, unassuming

6 months ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
devalanteriel
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Good choice. :)

språka here means to speak, and anspråka would have meant to "speak to" in the sense of addressing.

anspråk, then, came to be used for making a formal address, probably in court. Today, it means "claim" (as in the noun), and has the same history in e.g. the German Anspruch. You'd even "göra" anspråk, which mirrors the English to "make" a claim.

Hence, with -lös meaning "-less", to be anspråkslös literally means to not lay claim to anything. :)

6 months ago

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I tried to pick a word that I was sure could not cause any controversy or disagreement this week... :)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chrissy2136

I'm so slow right now, being sick. I literally thought the word MEANT 'adjective'. I need sleep.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/abbie_wolf03

That's funny

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoDutra
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Tack :)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UKCynthiaR

What a great word--love knowing the derivation!

6 months ago
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