SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WORD #201
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KVERULERA (verb, kverulerar, kverulerade, kverulerat)
1. to complain, grumble
Would this word ever be used with a preposition? (In English one can simply complain/whine, or complain/whine “about” something in particular.) This word looked to me like the English word querulous and reminded me of the delightful Yiddish word kvetch. Thank you for sharing.
The preposition to use is 'över'.
Observe that kverulera carries the connotation of habitual unnecessary complaining. The word kverulant, meaning someone that kverulerar, is a bit more common. Compare with the English word 'querulant'.
Kverulera and 'querulous' have the same latin root. Compare also with the German word 'querulieren'.
(But 'kvetch' do seem to be unrelated.)
Thank you for that information! It's a great word; no surprise several languages have found a way to use it :)
Bear in mind that this is an unusual word. It may be esay for you to remember because it resembles Spanish quejarse. But I believe most Swedes will replace it with klaga or gnälla. As far as I can remember I haven´t used kverulera since the 1990:s.
Yeah, I don't think I've ever used the word seriously - just when having fun. :)