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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...

Kopparorm

Fiskar och kräldjurPosted by Gunvor 2011-04-15 11:13:58

En kopparorm - Anguis fragilis - is a 'blindworm', 'slowworm' in my dictionary. Koppar is 'copper' and that must be because of the colour. Orm is 'snake', though it is related to 'worm'. So we Swedes think this is a snake, and the English think it's a worm, but it's neither - it's a lizard without legs; and Swedish zoologists have renamed it kopparödla - 'copper lizard'.

The Romans also thought it was a snake, because that is what Anguis means; and fragilis it is, because when this animal is in a tight spot it will sacrifice its tail to get away.

Gädda

Fiskar och kräldjurPosted by Gunvor 2011-04-12 12:37:48

Gädda is 'pike'. Both names seem to relate to its sharp teeth.

The Latin name is - Esox lucius - Esox, as far as I can understand meaning just 'pike', and lucius has to do with its shining bright appearance.

When the ice still covers parts of the oh-so-cold lakes gäddorna (en gädda, gäddan, gäddor, gäddorna) are caught by net while spawning.