When I did my student exchange in Finland I tried my best to learn Finnish, but never made it past the essentials like ‘Hello’, ‘ Where is the nearest bar?’ and ‘ Yes, sure I’ll join you to the sauna!’ But I did pick up some of their unusual words, because it turns out the Finnish have found the right word for certain situations that I’d love to import into English.
meaning: used in situations to express the lack of energy to do something
kalsarikännit – literally ”pantsdrunk”
meaning: drinking alone in your underwear with no intention of going out
pilkunnussija – literally “comma fucker”
meaning: a person who points out all spelling mistakes
perskärpänen – literally “ass fly”
meaning: a person who keeps following you without you wanting them to
raivoraitis – literally “rage sober”
meaning: a person who never drinks alcohol and might preach about it
meaning: taking action against the odds and displaying courage and resoluteness in the face of adversity
meaning: is when you are eating while drunk and forget about table manners and cutlery
meaning: a leftover party where you and your friends get together the day after a party to eat and drink the leftovers together
meaning: is mild drunkness or that phase before the actual drunkenness where the drinker gets all smiley and more talkative
meaning: the phase that comes after intoxication. You know … when drinks begin to run out, you start to get tired and end up in a bad mood, where you start crying at your shitty life
What’s your favourite word that needs an English equivalent?