This post is a part of the writing project called Stories from the West that I started with Christa. We’re both currently living on the west coasts (Christa in the US, me in Sweden), hence the name of the project. We both want to share our experiences living as immigrants, and every month we’ll write a post each with the same topic. The topic for this month is ‘local lingo‘. Don’t forget to read Christa’s post, 5 Phrases that Make You Sound like a Californian.
The topic for this month is actually local lingo, but I don’t know much about Gothenburg’s lingo, so I thought I’d write about funny Swedish phrases/words. These words never fail to make me chuckle, and it makes learning Swedish much more fun (by about tenfold).
Literally, skogstokig means ‘forest mad’ (skog = forest, tokig = mad). But to be skogstokig means to be furious. I’m still wondering why they use ‘forest mad’ for this. Do Swedes wander in the forest when they’re furious? Do they go crazy in the forest? Ah, the mystery.