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"Frisk som en fisk!"

Translation:Healthy as a fish!

3 years ago

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Does anyone know the history behind this expression? I have heard it elsewhere. Takk!

3 years ago

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Apparently it’s from old Norse (where it actually didn’t rhyme):

“heill sem fiskr ok kátr sem kið” meaning “healthy as a fish and lively as kid”. (“Kid” here refers to the offspring of a goat.)

Source: Store norske leksikon

3 years ago

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Tusen takk. Har en lingot av meg! Jeg har funnet siden: https://snl.no/frisk_som_en_fisk

3 years ago

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It rhymes, that may be the sole reason for all I know.

3 years ago

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pun intended? (In English, there's a kind of fish called sole.) I suppose the equivalent, again in English, would be "fit as a fiddle" or "healthy as a horse," not for the rhyme but the alliteration.

2 years ago

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It was in fact an unintended pun, but I see it now! And yes, I believe "fit as a fiddle" would be an idiomatic equivalent :)

2 years ago

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True...

3 years ago

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I don't know but there is similiar expression in polish too :)

3 years ago

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Fiskers Fritz fisker friske fisk.

3 years ago