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Bread text #1

The Swedish word for “text body” is brödtext = “bread text”.

ROLL. An American roll equals a Swedish
FRALLA. “Frallan” is also a nickname for the boy name Frans*
Another crusty bread is the
BAGUETTE, the french staple, which apparently isn’t even french to begin with. In Sweden, this bread is called
PAIN RICHE, “rich people bread”. The origin is disputed, it occurs in an old french cookbook but refers to an elegantly decorated white bread, and not the plain baguette kind. It is also believed to have been coined by the famous Swedish chef Tore Wretman, who owned the restaurant Riche in Stockholm. In the US, when this type of “french bread” is made into a sandwich, it is often referred to as a
SUB or a
HERO, which is a very New York specific name for this large sandwich, supposedly referring to the heroic act of eating something so big. The
SANDWICH, named after a British aristocrat, is in Swedish:
SMÖRGÃ…S, “buttergoose” (in the old school process of cherning, little lumps of butter formed and floated around on the cream surface, like geese on a lake). Or
MACKA, more casual.
SMÖRGÅSBORD (Swe), is a buffet of assorted food.
SMORGASBORD (Eng) is a variety of things, suggesting an eclectic mix.
RÄKSMÖRGÅS, is often used as a test word for computer programs, since it contains all the Swedish special letters Å, Ä and Ö.
RÄKMACKA, literally “shrimp sandwich”, but also used to describe someone who gets things easily or for free.
NATTMACKA. A sandwich eaten after a night out, usually with little or no care about presentation.

*Other bread related nicknames:
MACKAN, “the Sandwich”, short for Markus.
SKORPAN, “the Rusk”. Most famously used by Astrid Lindgren in “The Lionhearts Brothers”.
KAKAN, “the Cookie”,
TÃ…RTAN, “the Cake” and
SMULAN, “the Crum”, which is a top ranking name for pets. Google image SMULAN and enjoy.


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