May 3rd, 2006

Them Swedes, such cards

I read the other day that last week the Swedish government officially accepted the letter W into the Swedish language. Until now it was not acceptable and was considered a variant grapheme for V. That is why the name of their own country is the funny-to-the-rest-of-the-world Sverige.

Good for you, you Svedes, and congratulations to the letter W.

(My Norwegian grandmother used to say the rhyme:

Ten thousand Swedes ran through the weeds,
Chased by one Norwegian.

My Swedish grandmother would counter with the old saying: A Swede is just a Norwegian with his brains knocked out.)