Why is "bönder" peasants as well?
”A peasant is a member of a traditional class of farmers.” (from Wikipedia)
I'm just amused that I can write "My parents are peasants" and still be told I'm correct.
Goes back to feudal times.
Bound to the land, right? Or am i invoking a false friend here... ;(
Yep, false friend. According to Wiktionary, it comes from the Old Norse "bóndi".
Yep, hence "husband" - "house dweller". :)
I read there was NO feudalism in Sweden!
My parents are peasants! LOL
Can this word be seen as offensive in Swedish? Calling someone a peasant would definitely be insulting in English..
No, the default translation is "farmers", but Swedish uses the same word for both. :)
Its related to bound and bond. House bound =husband
Is this related to Dutch Boer in any manner?
No, actually not.
Probably "bunder" is closer. Being the amount of land one peasant could work.
bonde is from bo, meaning "live" or "reside". So the meaning is "resider", so to speak. Much like the person tending a farm is a "farmer".
"Shoulda thought o' that before you became peasants! Take him away..." - Yzma, The Emperor's New Groove
I'd take a Duolingo course in Squirrel for English speakers.
you can be offensive, without anyone knowing. Why? Because you can just say, oh no I was just calling you a farmer, because farmers are cool and they won't suspect A THING :D