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Some Of The Wonderful New Words Sweden Invented Last Year

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 07 Jan 2015

The Swedish Language Council has blessed the Swedish language this year with alistof 40 new words'all of themabsolutely phenomenal, all of them imminently adoptable for even non-Swedish speakers.There are your usual suspects:usie(the plural of 'selfie'),normcore(that currentfashion trend of purposefully emulating 1990s mall dads) and other cultural touchstones you might find in year-end additions from Merriam-Websterand the like. And then there are sometruly uniquecreationsthat could only have come from a country as steadfastly unique asSweden.Read on and make throwing a few of these gems into your daily speech a New Year's resolution for 2015.FrisparkssprejThe quickly dissolving white spray-foampaint used to mark the green grass where a ball was left in a game of soccer.Used in a sentence:Woah, look at how quickly thatfrisparkssprejdissolved, it's almost like it was never there! I gotta get me some of thatfrisparkssprejto spray graffiti on my dog before he knows what hit him.GenusbudgeteringThe act of budgeting in a way that integrates gender equality.Usedin a sentence:My girlfriend and I are going out for our monthlygenusbudgeteringbeer and pizza date tonight. I hope we don't have a massive argument about socialism again.GurleskA burlesque with all women or gender-queer performers.Used in a sentence:There is no actualgurlesk, just the performance of thegurlesk.Icke-BinrSomeone transgender, someone who does not fit withintvknsnormen(gender norms).Used in a sentence:The fact that I amicke-binrhas nothing whatsoever to do with my sexuality.KlickfiskeClickbait, or the art of writing a headline that might be unrelated to a story on the web for the sole purpose of getting the user to click on a link. It is derived from the verbfiske(to fish).When translated literally,klickfiskemeans 'click fishing.'Use it in a sentence:Man, Vocativused to be so quality, but now all their stuffis soklickfiskey.KttnormThe norm of eating meat. Literally.Used in a sentence:I am a proud steak-and-potatoes kinda guy, so I'm guilty of contributing to our country'skttnorm.MobilzombieThe act of being so entrenched in your cellphone that you don't notice anything else around you.Used in a sentence:My commute to work this morning was intolerable because thismobilzombiebitchin front of me walking as slow asmolasses down 6th Avenue would not move her ass from the center of the sidewalk.SelfiepinneA selfie stick, or that thing that you gave your dad for Christmas so he could take pictures of himself with his 2009 BlackBerry without having to extend his arm.Used in a sentence:My boyfriend filmed his documentary all with aselfiepinne. It's commentary on the great narcissism of the 21st century.SpoilervarningA very Swedish spoiler warning, or when anarticle tries to warn you it's going to tell you what happens in your favorite show before you've seen it.Used in a sentence:Spoilervarning!Spoilervarningis the Swedish for 'spoiler warning.'YoloaYOLO isan acronym for 'you only live once,' a phrase that, thanks to rapper Drake, has become a replacementfor 'carpe diem.' The Swedes have done us English speakers one better by turning it into a verb. Well done.Used in a sentence:We decided toyoloatodayby celebrating the genius people of Sweden and their delightfully modernized vocabulary.SEE ALSO:This Wonderful Map Shows What US States' Names Really MeanJoin the conversation about this story
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