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SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WORD #201

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WORD #201:
KVERULERA (verb, kverulerar, kverulerade, kverulerat)
1. to complain, grumble

May 20, 2019

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/trevoort

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.

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Skidbladner

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.)

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/trevoort

Thank you for that information! It's a great word; no surprise several languages have found a way to use it :)

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Adrianxu_

How to pronounce that word?

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KimWidman

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.

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel

Yeah, I don't think I've ever used the word seriously - just when having fun. :)

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Adrianxu_

Thanks for the info. I would take note of that words :)

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

https://forvo.com/word/kverulera/#sv

The IPA for it is something like /kvɛrulira/.

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Adrianxu_

Thanks :)

May 20, 2019
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