Not that I really know anything about this word, but I don´t really see how "not having the energy" for something is at all similar to "not being able to stand" something, which the program is offering as another solution. Can someone explain? I did read the thread on this word earlier, though I have no idea where it is now....
In this case 'orkar' is referring to the person either being 1. too weak to support someone in a physical sense, or 2. too weak and/or lazy to support someone in a emotional/mental sense, or 3. too lazy to support someone either physically, mentally or emotionally. I hope this helps. I can explain it further should you desire. :)
Your explanation, and the others in this thread, all make sense — but the current recommended translation, “I cannot stand supporting you”, still doesn’t seem to fit them. To my ear, I cannot stand doing X means that I actively dislike doing X, not just that I don’t have the energy for it. Does Jag orkar inte… also typically cover this kind of active dislike, or is it just the I can’t manage it, I can’t be bothered sort of meanings that are currently discussed in comments?
(In case the English connotations of can’t stand vary regionally: I’m British, but have also lived in the states for a few years.)
There's some overlap in Swedish, which is why stand is an accepted translation. (I want to make it clear that it has never been the recommended translation. The only place you as a user can see what the recommended solution is is on top of this page. All accepted answers can be shown to you as 'another correct answer' depending on what you answer).
So, in Swedish, orkar can mean that you're intensely psychologically tired of something. Like 'I cannot bear' in English. Since there's no real 1-1 correspondence here, we also try to be as lenient as possible.
Better translations of cannot stand into Swedish would be jag står inte ut med or jag tål inte.
I think that should be accepted to be honest. It is not exactly what it means in the literal sense (as far as a word with no literal translation has a literal sense), but it could be used to mean this. Then mostly in the context of "you keep doing dumb s*it and I don't feel like supporting you any longer because of it".
Yes, it's an interesting concept and one that took me some time to fully understand when I learned it in Sweden. It seemed to be a universal excuse one heard daily from children and just about every Swede I met! In general it could mean I can't, won't, don't and often the reason had to do with being tired, lazy, or feeling put upon.