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What do you say when you come into the office and see your colleagues for the first time each day? You say, "Good morning!" am I right? Sometimes you say it in a chirpy, perky voice (if you are not me) and sometimes you say it in a "wannamakesomethingofit" way and sometimes you slur your way through it, and sometimes you just abbreviate it: "Morn" as you walk by, open the door to your room or turn into your cubicle or hang up your jacket and turn your monitor on.

In Swedish, "good morning" is God morgon but when it is spoken, it invariably gets slanged sideways into Go'morron, pronounced goo-moron or, to save time, just moron. I've been saying "moron" uncountable times every day for over 6 years of my working career in Sweden, and only just realized yesterday that it sounds rather scarily as if I'm impugning my colleagues' intellectual capacity with each utterance.
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That's funny -- I also say "moron" upon seeing my co-workers, and none of us speak Swedish.

haha! well, now if someone calls you on it, you can blame the Swedes! :P

Which is why I emphasise the "G" sound on purpose. This gets people to try to correct my pronounciation and I get to enlighten them a little bit about being addressed as a MORON every morning in the name of good manners.


I noticed the similarity between the two words pretty early in my Swedish training. And sometimes I say "moron" to the occasional colleague or, oh, say, boss with a hyperawareness of the freedom the language gives me to express my true feelings while still appearing to be polite.

My other favorite is to say God middag with a different emphasis so that it actually sounds more like Gummidag (Rubber day).

My friend cap_killer lived in Pittsburgh when she was a kid and they say "gummiband" for rubberband there. After years of being her roommate, I did/do, too. And now, I'm going to say Rubber Day to people, in honor of you! HAR!

Well that gogt a chuckle out of me, tired though I am.... (vroom)

Unless you live in the West Indies, where your "Good Morning" is often met with a look of disgust and a sucking of the teeth. Now THAT's a fun way to start one's day, let me tell you. ;)


You crack me up!


Yes, but think how appropriate it is (depending upon your co-workers I guess).

~Angela (threecrowns)

I've never actually thought about it before and now that you mention it, it's freaking hysterical. I know I cracked up in Crete when a beach doughnut vender came up to us and said, "Hello doughnuts!"

I laugh every morning now! Any I've got 2 of my other American colleagues giggling as well :D

Haha that's funny.

However there is a small difference though. "Morron" is pronounced with both o's short and with the kind of double-stressed tone accent, Mor-Ron. (At least in standard Swedish - can't speak for the speaking disorder "skånska" you use down there... ;)) And "moron" (English) with normal acute accent and the first "o" long. Like More-on. (right?)

Did I spoil the fun now? *I'm evil*



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