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Re: They Have a Word for It!

From:J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>
Date:Friday, August 3, 2001, 16:28
Daniel Andreasson wrote:

> Hehe. I just read the following at the Swedish humor site > "Yttermera". I copied it into this mail for your convenience: > > > > Lagom – Not too much and not too little. Yes, you > know the idea, but you don't have one little word for > it.
[snip other Swedish lexical in-jokes] My favourite 'untranslatable' Swedish word is _fika_, a verb, meaning roughly "to chat with friends over a cup of coffee" (right, Daniel?). When I was an exchange student in Sweden, we used _fika_ all the time, even when we were speaking English ("You wanna go _fika_?"). Such a useful word. Matt.


John Cowan <jcowan@...>
daniel andreasson <daniel.andreasson@...>