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The Word Pantry – Mångata

The Word Pantry – Mångata

Today, after a period of silence, I come to you with a word that I often see on those “beautiful words from foreign languages” lists. Namely:

mangata

 

Beautiful, right? I need to find a reason to put this in a book one day.

The amusing thing with those lists is that they often write out the word as mangata instead of mångata. Which makes the meaning manstreet or manestreet rather than moonstreet. Not quite as poetic, I think.

The Word Pantry – Ordförråd

The Word Pantry – Ordförråd

One of the things I wanted to do on this blog is to teach you guys some Swedish words. And, suitably, I’m starting with the word ordförråd, which is the Swedish word meaning vocabulary (usually in the sense of the range of words a particular person knows, rather than the wider sense of the lexicon of a language). Ord means word and förråd means storage or inventory, like for example a basement storage unit. I’m not sure exactly why, but I tend to associate the term with the concept of a pantry (even though that’s actually called skafferi in Swedish). It’s just a nice image. A little door in your head, behind which all the words you know live on little shelves covered in gingham paper.

Ordförråd

 

So, for this reason these vocabulary posts will be called The Word Pantry. Hopefully you’ll find lots of tasty morsels in it.