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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...

Lampa

Husgeråd/Household utensilsPosted by Gunvor 2011-12-20 15:15:41

Lampa is ’lamp’. It comes from Low German lampe, back to Latin lampas, from Greek lampas ‘torch’. English lamp comes via Old French lampe. The Indoeuropean root is *lap- ‘-to shine’

We’re so happy to have a new lamp over the table. The ceiling is painted black (with soot, honey and grease I have heard) since a couple of hundred years back, and that blackness eats light. A second lamp makes a great difference. It is a so-called skomakarlampa – ‘shoemaker’s lamp’, popular for work at the beginning of the 20th century. This one is new, we bought it from Gysinge where they sell oldfashioned things. The shade of the other lamp, near the window is similar; it was in the house before we brought electricity here in 1979 - who knows how it was used before then. I aim to give that one a nice old brass holder too.

Here the base under the ceiling is being mounted by skilled hands. It contains a 'sockerbit' that connects the wires.