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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...

Husse

Smeknamn/pet namesPosted by Gunvor 2011-01-12 00:17:26

Husse means 'master' of a beloved pet. It is short for husbonde, an old word meaning master of both animals and servants. Hus is of course 'house' and bonde (pl bönder) means 'farmer'. So husbonden is 'the master of the house'.

The English word 'husband' is derived from husbonde - a loan from Old Norse brought by the Vikings.

Totto

Smeknamn/pet namesPosted by Gunvor 2011-01-10 22:48:51

Totto is baby language for 'horse'. Probably onomatopoetic, after the sound of a trotting horse.

Incidentally (I think) there is also the word toto, short for totalisator, a system for gambling at horseraces.

Another, more common pet word for 'horse' is pålle. No idea why! Pålle comes from Pål which is the Swedish version of Paul(us).

Mer om hästar/More about horses: http://www.svd.se/kulturnoje/serier/berglins_5017.svd

Kisse - Misse - Pisse

Smeknamn/pet namesPosted by Gunvor 2011-01-08 14:12:35

These are all pet names for beloved cats.

Please note that kisse is pronounced with a hard k, which is unusual among indigenous Swedish words before 'light' vowels (e i y ä ö). Those other that come to mind are also informal - kissa - 'to pee' and kille - boy', 'chap'.

Vovve

Smeknamn/pet namesPosted by Gunvor 2011-01-04 22:47:12

Vovve is baby talk for 'dog'. Of course it's onomatepoetic. The normal word for 'dog' is hund.

The dog in the photo is a gråhund on his way out to hunt elk last November. It's called ''Norwegian elk hound' in the dictionary.