[Ads-l] Does anyone out there know Finnish?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 24 09:40:08 EST 2017


> On Nov 24, 2017, at 7:14 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kalsarik%C3%A4nni
> Boxer boozing
> Etymology
> kalsari- +‎ känni
> Noun
> kalsarikänni
> (slang, often in plural) Occasion of getting drunk alone at home,
> presumably watching TV in one's underpants.

“Presumably”?  Still pretty mysterious.  If I tell you (in English, since my Finnish is rusty) that I’m planning to spend the day getting drunk at home, I don’t expect you to presume I’ll be doing so while watching TV in my underpants.  Or "boxer boozing", which does suggest that someone in the English-speaking world has *that* concept down, although AFAIK "boxer boozing” doesn’t necessarily presume a coterminous interval of couch potatoing.  All very mysterious.  Perhaps a grant application to the NSF behavioral sciences division is in order.  

LH 




> 
> Mitä teit perjantaina? --Olin niin väsynyt, että menin kotiin ja vedin
> kalsarikännit.
> What did you do on Friday? --I was so tired that I went home and did some
> boxer boozing.
> 
> Declension
> Inflection of kalsarikänni (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
> nominative kalsarikänni kalsarikännit
> genitive kalsarikännin kalsarikännien
> partitive kalsarikänniä kalsarikännejä
> illative kalsarikänniin kalsarikänneihin
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