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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...

Lättja

AbstrakterPosted by Gunvor 2011-06-20 16:28:51

Lättja is ‘laziness’, originating from Primitive Norse latjon, created from latr, Primitive Germanic *latas, related to Latin lassus, ‘tired’, ‘faint’. From latas comes Swedish lat, ‘lazy’ and English late (with superlative last). I thought lazy was related, but according to Online Etymology Dictionary, lazy is not related and of unknown origin.

Luktsinne

AbstrakterPosted by Gunvor 2011-05-24 11:45:40

Luktsinne is ’sense of smell’, ’olfactory sense’. Lukt means ‘smell’, a loan from Low German, a sideform to luft, also borrowed from Low German. Luft is ‘air’, in Swedish as well as in German. The original Norse version of the word is lopt, loft, ‘attic’, which has been borrowed into English. A relative is the verb lyfta, English lift (also a Norse loan) Lift has been borrowed into Swedish to mean ‘hitchhiking’, with a new verb, lifta, ‘to hitchhike’.

Sinne is ‘sense’, also borrowed from Low German, Sinn, meaning ‘sense’, ‘thought’ ‘understanding’. It is related to Latin sentire, to feel, from which English sense derives through Old French.

Rast

AbstrakterPosted by Gunvor 2011-03-19 19:58:18

Rast (en rast, rasten, raster, rasterna) is 'break', 'recess'. This is a lunchrast.

Fyra

AbstrakterPosted by Gunvor 2011-03-04 15:51:06

Fyra rådjur - four roe deer - are grazing on twigs from birches that were felled earlier this winter - view from my window.

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