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P.S. I’m with y’all on the amusing potential of the non-count noun misuse. Similarly with negative polarity items, but that’s a subject for a different day.
LOL, EmmaJ, can we get into negative polarity items? (Oh wait, it’s not another day yet…) Buck Buck, did you ask the Hebrew scholars about “bacons”? 🙂 Personally I like “fishes” now and then, too, and I’m quite fond of “peoples,” though not for dinner. Canaan Bound, when you ask for the eggs and bacons, how many bacons do you get? 🙂
Slaw. Slacks. Sheers.
If I say those three words aloud more than once or twice in a row, I feel nauseated. My brother used to taunt me with them, since he was the first to notice it.
Try it. Say them.
It’s just gross.
Particularly, I feel this way about slacks if I visualize them as thick synthetic with a bit of stretch.
No, I didn’t ask about the bacons. The conversation switched to Lybia and all sorts of glottaled fricatives and spituitary plosives began to happen. In the end, I retreated. I’m sorry. I feel like I have failed you all.
Loren: I’m starting wondering who is laughing at who. Don’t even know if my last sentence is even close to being right?! To say that fika is a mass noun is to simplify a bit. Fika is more of a verb. When I think of fika I don’t think about a cup of coffee. I think about sitting down with someone, mostly my family, having a break from the rush and stress that often draw us in in everyday life. An example of a common fika is the one with my wife and children. Often its in between meals or an hour or so after dinner. It starts with the question: Ska vi ta en fika? In English somethinf like: shall we have a fika? Then we make coffee or tea (usually coffee) for us parents and lemonade for the kids. We often have homemade cinnamonbuns (much smaller than yours and it can vary from family to family what kind of bread that is,uncolved!) and some cookies to go with that. Then we sit down enjoying each others company. You can apply the same procedure when you are with friends. The important thing is that it isn’t the coffee, buns or cookies that are the main thing in fika. Its the social interaction. So can’t you have a fika on your own? Yes you can! But it still isn’t the eating that is
important. Its the contemplation of the things you’ve done or are about to do or just pausing for a while that is the main objective of fika .
OHHH. I get it. He was drinking coffee, and he didn’t know what fika was…
I may be slow, but I get there eventually.
Your English is just fine, Andreas! I love your description of a fika; it reminds me very much of times with my family, particularly our Saturday mornings. I love pause and reflect times with friends and family, especially over food!
No failures on your part, Buck Buck 🙂 …. And as for awful words, my sister’s personal least favorite is “moist.” Just makes her cringe….
Ewwwww. “Moist.” That too.
Haha. Moist is wierd. Reminds me of an episode of How I Met Your Mother where Lily shares her extreme dislike of the word, and everyone consequently uses it as often as possible, just to watch her cringe.
Ha! I wonder if I could find a copy of that and send it to my sister just to torture her 🙂 !
Mocking the Danes! Risky business that. Let’s discuss this over some warm Aebleskivers…I’ll tell the boys to leave the broadswords outside.
Viggo Mortenson is half Danish…..
Tonight our family won´t have time for fika. We´re going to Uppsala to listen to Andrew Peterson live!!!!
Andreas, thank you for sharing all that you did!
Everyone, this was a hilarious post to read while putting off doing my dishes and my homework! Ah! Thank you!
“We know FIKA”: our son’s favorite part. 🙂
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