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10 Swedish Words We Should All Be Using

Sweden Languages
by Morgane Croissant Dec 13, 2015

1. Ogooglebar | Ungoogleable

Something or someone who brings up not result when searched in Google.


A: “My blind date is completely ogooglebar. I’m reassured.”
B: “Flashers rarely make the news, you know.”

2. Fulparkerare | Ugly parker

Someone who parks their car so poorly that no one else can park.

Example: “The white lines are not here to make the streets pretty, you fulparkerare!”

3. Planka | To go through a turnstiles by standing as flat as a plank behind someone else.

Example: “I was not rubbing against him! I was just trying to save a few bucks by doing the planka trick!”

4. Åsiktstaliban | Opinion Taliban

Someone or a group of people who tolerate only one opinion on an issue (usually theirs).

Example: “Don’t bother reading the comments section on any given article online, they’re always full of Åsiktstaliban.”

5. livslogga | Life log

To incessantly document one’s life with pictures.

Example: “I know my Instagram is full of pictures of me doing yoga and eating legumes, but I’m addicted to livslogga.”

6. Vobba | Working from home, even though you’ve taken a (paid) day off because your kid is sick.

Example: “Never will I vabba again. My kid’s well-being is not worth me cleaning vomit off my laptop”

7. Mobildagis | Mobile phone daycare

A place where mobile phones are stored.

Example: “I can’t meet up for coffee today, I’m swamped; I need to pick up the kids at school and the cell phones from the mobildagis.”

8. Flipperförälder | Pinball parent

A parent who is the complete opposite of a helicopter parent — who lets their kids have freedom.

Example: “When little Sequoïa starts playing with matches, Suzanne and Andrew are excited for him to learn the danger of fire all by himself. They are such great flipperförälders.”

9. Appa | To app

To fix a problem by using a cell phone app.

Example: “You can’t appa Sequoïa’s third-degree burn on his hand. You need to take him to the ER.”

10. Köttrymd | The non-digital world

Where the laptops, tablets, and phones have no place.

Example: “I dropped my phone at the mobildagis, I can now fully enjoy Köttrymd and head to Ikea to relax a little.”

H/T: The Atlantic.

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