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

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 24 12:41:13 EST 2017


I erroneously attached an image (not knowing they're not allowed) from a
Quora post (which I believe you have to get an account (free) to see):
https://www.quora.com/What-is-Finland-like

which showed (with a capital "ä"):
"KALSARIKANNI" STARTER PACK

and a bearded man in long johns, a  plus sign, and a bottle of Leijona
(vodka?) and then
Welcome to Finland

on the wrapper around a  pair of long johns and, presumably, a bottle of
Leijona.  They finished by saying:

Kalsari= underpants

Känni= drunk.

Enough said.



On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > 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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