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SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WORD #165

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Hej alla! Sorry for the long delay! I was off teaching Swedish in a remote corner of the globe without Internet for a little more than a month! I'm back for the rest of the year, and I've got some great new words lined up for you all! All previous words can be found here!


WORD #165:
RACKARTYG (neuter gender/ett-word, pl: rackartyg)
1. mischief

2 months ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
devalanteriel
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Welcome back! :)

The base form is racka, which originally meant to do dirty work. A rackare used to be the executioner's hand, they did much of the labour and would also frequently be used as knacker men - that is, they'd slaughter, euthanise, and flay animals, especially horses which normal butchers would not touch. It was not uncommon for them to be responsible for removing city waste at night.

Being a rackare was associated with extremely low social status, which is why we have quite a few words today which are derived from the term but no longer as derogatory as they once were - for instance:

  • rackartyg, of course, with -tyg meaning e.g. tool, equipment, etc. (cf. German -zeug)
  • byracka = mutt or cur, with by meaning village
  • rackarunge = brat or rascal, with unge meaning child - this isn't weird at all to playfully call one's kid today when they're being mischievous
  • ta sig en rackare = have an alcoholic shot, specifically named because the rackare was not allowed to drink from the same glasses others did, as they were considered unclean
2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoyceA
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A good day for students of Swedish -- first, Super-Svensk comes back with a (you should excuse the expression) killer word and then devalanteriel expands and expounds on that word and brings it to life.

Tack så mycket!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RogueTanuki

Jag har bara börjat att läsa Harry Potter och De Vises Sten för att förbättra min vokabulär, och på den första sidan säger Mr Dursley om Dudley Dursley: "den lille rackarungen"...

Men det är intressant hur olika kulturer runt världen har/hade lika seder och utstötter, som till exempel burakumin i Japan eller Paraiyar i Indien

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HectorCabell075

dios pero si que sabéis idiomas xd :)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wcjerky
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Bookmarked. I love these topics; morphology and word origin are fascinating.

Also have a lingot.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hinkellause

So what is "mischief managed" from Harry Potter's Marauder's Map translated to? ;)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joel73391
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Tack så mycket ~ kiitoksia oikein paljon!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoniOsberg

tack!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KurtThornb

Ar Loki guden av rackartyg? Tack.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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It's a very apt but not idiomatic description. :)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KurtThornb

Try this one: Ar Loki rackartygs gud? Is that better?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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No, that's not grammatical. Your first attempt is perfectly fine Swedish, just not an idiomatic description of Loki. (Or Loke, as we call him in Swedish.)

2 months ago
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