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Conversation at the dinner table
Martin: We had a test in French class today
Liz. Oh? On what?
Martin: Useful words
Liz: Aren't all words useful?
Martin: Well, paraplegic is less useful than inside, for example
Liz: *giggles madly* true

Then the three of us, Anders, Martin and I (Karin is spending the night at a friend's house), had a long, drawn-out conversation starting from the fact that Martin asked me if I knew what longer word the Swedish word kompis was from. Kompis means friend. "No, I don't," I answered. "It's from kompanjon," he told me.

Adding an "is" to a word in Swedish turns it into a diminutive or cute version. dagis from daghem (daycare), godis from godsaker (candy), grattis from gratulerar (congratulations), etc. We spent quite a lot of time thinking of what other words in Swedish were commonly used that had -is on the end. It was funny and interesting but very long.

I just typed godis as dodis, and Martin started laughing really hard, and said "Why? Why do you dodis?"

Penis, incidentally, is from Latin and has nothing to do with this linguistic phenomenon.

Conversation continuing from that one
Martin: If I have kids I'm naming the girl Hjördis (note: pronounced Yurdis)
Liz: what??
Martin: Yep. And Åslög. (note: pronounced Oh-slug)
Liz: Oh no no no.
Martin: Oh yeah, and if I have a boy, I'm naming him Odd.
Liz: What? Not Jerker?
Liz & Martin: *giggle madly*

Conversation before bedtime
Martin: *all excited* Did you know Florence is going to be in the new Star Wars??!
Liz: Florence from Florence + the Machine?
Martin: Yes! How cool is that?!
Liz: She'll probably be a wookiee
Martin: *outraged glare* No, she won't!
Liz: ...or maybe an Ewok
Martin: She's the tallest person on the planet!
Liz: Definitely a wookiee then!
Martin: Don't ruin this for me! *glares*
Liz: *giggles madly*

But seriously, ÅSLÖG ...what is up with that name, Sweden??
mood: exhausted
music: Yolanda Be Cool feat. DCup—We No Speak Americano


I love thinking about words and languages like that. Fun!

A friend recently told me she had read of a couple that had called their baby boy Loezer. It was a Belgian couple, and now loezer may not be anything funny in Dutch nor Flemish but in this day and age it's not that hard to realize that it may nót be a good name??

Now I'm curious about Åslög. Apart from the funny-to-my-ears sounding name, does it have any odd meaning to it as well or?

It's an ancient nordic name that means "promised to the gods" ....only 59 women have the name currently in Sweden :)

Also forgot to comment on that name! What were they THINKING?? Loezer? Good lord, poor kid!

Love being the fly on the wall to your funny conversations with Martin!

I only wish I could remember more of them! It's all the time, around here :D

Come on over Liz, I need a funny night too.

I wish I could!


Florence Welch? Awesome! I hadn't heard that.

But she's only 5' 9". Definitely not a wookie. Maybe Jar Jar Binks's cousin.


Apparently she was asked to audition, at least...guess she still has to actually get it

From Megsie


I was laughing out loud through out this post! I am still chuckling a little. Thanks for that!

Re: From Megsie

I definitely needed the laughs this weekend!

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