"Har du en pojkvän?"

Translation:Do you have a boyfriend?

March 23, 2015



Makes careful note of this sentence

April 19, 2016


Det är en personlig fråga, Duo.

November 16, 2016


Hah. It's literally boy friend.

March 22, 2016


Interesting, that Swedish forms the same "boyfriend" and, presumably, girlfriend. I wonder where it originates?

May 23, 2016


I had a poke around; not clear to me but it’s a relatively modern formation in both languages, especially in the romantic sense which developed later than the platonic sense. Some other northern European languages (including the non-Germanic Finnish) have similar compounds or at least gendered “friend” type words. The most likely explanation is that one or more directly influenced the others. English term seems to originate a bit earlier than Swedish term, at least for boyfriend.

August 22, 2018
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