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SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WEEK #2

Hej! Jag heter Super-Svensk! Hi! My name is Super-Svensk, and if you missed my first post, I am doing a "word of the week" page to teach some silly and obscure vocabulary! Each post will contain a new vocabulary word with its definition(s). Enjoy!!


WEEK #2:
POTATISVATTEN (neuter gender/ett-word)
1. water that potatoes have cooked or boiled in, or water that will be used to cook or boil potatoes

NOTE: This is a compound word formed from potatis and vatten. Even if its meaning is pretty obvious, I think it's a funny word that is worthy of being a "word of the week."

January 26, 2015

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenCarlsson

If I remember this correctly I was forced to inhale the steam from boiling potato water as a child. Don't remember why though, but I don't think it was some kind of punishment :). Maybe I just had a cold.

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/So1ovei

It's a common folk remedy AFAIK, as I had the same experience!

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

Very interesting! I'll try that next time I have a cold :) JK!

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hdcanis

Inhaling steam from boiling water is a good thing for cold in any case, but I haven't heard potatoes having anything to do with this...(then again, I have never tried it with potatoes).

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissMuse

Maybe it was just the parents multi-tasking: cook dinner and take care of their child? :)

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/connorhay12

Yea! Now I can say that I am keeping my water that I used to boil potatoes on my bike stand in Swedish.

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

Haha! Good one! But cykelställsfråga means a bike stand or a bike rack (that hold many bikes), not a kickstand. :)

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandApple

We need words in English like this. We could mash up potato and water and make potatowater.

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/connorhay12

What about wastate :)

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandApple

Good idea! I like words that aren't so obvious to figure out.

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louisbo121

Speaking of potatoes,when does the Swedish word for potato begin appearing in the tree? I've completed foods me have not yet seen it.

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

You'll see it in Foods 2, which is a bit later in the tree.

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xaghtaersis

Nope we don't have this word in Dutch. I am still figuring out what ''speta'' means lmao. It is some crazy regional word and my Swedish friends want me to figure it out while I let them figure the many meanings of the Dutch word ''lekker'' out

January 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John_Swede

I don't think it's a regional word, rather global. if not world wide :) Have you found it out yet?

Btw. I would say that the Dutch "lekker" is in Swedish "läcker".

January 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xaghtaersis

Lekker can mean lÄcker but also ''fina'' or ''mycket''. Really context depedent. I haven't found the meaning of speta yet. I am a native Dutch speaker btw.

January 28, 2015
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