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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...

Skum

NaturföreteelserPosted by Gunvor 2011-04-04 20:11:32

Skum is 'foam', 'froth', same word as English scum, but when it's about unsavoury persons the Swedish word is avskum. The verb att skumma means both 'to foam' and 'to skim'. Skim seems to have taken a tour from its Germanic source via Old French into English.

Skummjölk is 'skimmed milk'

There is also an unrelated adjective, skum, meaning 'dark', 'dusky' or 'suspicious'. From that comes skymning - 'dusk' and the verb att skymma - 'to darken' or 'to block the sight' of something.