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I aim to use this blog to keep up my English and maybe give others some insights in Swedish language. It's not a diary - well not quite...

Fogsvans

Verktyg/ToolsPosted by Gunvor 2011-11-14 01:01:39

Fogsvans is 'handsaw'. The word is borrowed from German Fuchsschwanz, literally ‘foxtail’, because of the shape of the tool.

Fuchs and fox go back to the Germanic root *fuh and further back Indoeuropean *puk-, ‘tail’. Swedish has has also borrowed the word Fuchs, spelled Fux, meaning a bay or sorrel horse, or a nightfly. The Swedish word for fox, räv probably means reddish brown.

Schwanz is ‘tail’or ‘train on a ball gown’, from the Middle High German verb schwanzen, ‘to swing back and forth’, from Germanic *swangatjan (English swank), an iterative or intensitive variation of *swenganan ‘to swing’.

Gaffel

Verktyg/ToolsPosted by Gunvor 2011-07-27 10:20:40

Gaffel is ‘fork’. This is en högaffel – 'a hay-fork'. Gaffel is a loan from Low German gaffel (German Gabel, Angelsaxon geafl). Origin unclear but it could be a loan into West Germanic from Celtic (Irish gabul, ‘fork’, ‘forked branch’), or a derivative from Germanic gab, Old English gaffe, ‘hook’ (from which Modern English gaffe, ‘blunder’).

Fork comes from Latin furca, ‘hay-fork. Bifurcation is when something (e.g. a river or a blood vessel) splits in two.

Kam

Verktyg/ToolsPosted by Gunvor 2011-01-22 18:19:31

En kam (kammen, kammar, kammarna) is 'a comb'. The verb 'to comb' is att kamma.

The tuft of hair beside the comb is a hårtuss.