So, 32 500 Swedes are trying to prove they’re clever by being absolute morons
(I’m abandoning my black-and-white world view campaign I started yesterday because of the many different pie recipes and I’m going back to my can’t-we-all-just-get-along view)
So, there was this article in DN last week week and the headline is: open compound words scare me more than [insert annoying fucking singer] and terrorists.”
The thing is that in Swedish you write compound words together like together together (in closed form)to form words like Nordöstersjökustartilleriflygspaningssimulatoranläggningsmaterielunderhållsuppföljningssystemdiskussionsinläggsförberedelsearbeten* (130 letters). Now, the problem is that a lot people seem to have trouble remembering to ALWAYS WRITE COMPOUND WORDS IN CLOSED FORM. This makes a lot of other people upset so they formed a Facebook group.
I’m a big fan of the whole “the more you learn, the less you know” thing when it comes to language and it’s my firm belief that all of the 32 500 people in this group are the kind of people who gets upset about commas and correct use of pronouns: very, very petty people who somehow managed to learn this shit in school and tries to cling on to it because it’s the one thing they know. I think the more you study language and culture, the more you come to accept that we can’t all write the way the rules tell us to write because that’s not how language works.
I get where they’re coming from, I really do, but stop acting like it’s the end of the fucking world when, in reality, it’s really fucking funny.
Example (from this radiothingy on youtube)
If you write “brun hårig sjuk sköterska” instead of “brunhårig sjuksöterska” it means “brown, hairy, sick nurse” instead of the intended “brown-haired nurse”.
*Translation: Northern Baltic Sea Coast Artillery Reconnaissance Flight Simulator Facility Equipment Maintenance Follow-Up System Discussion Post Preparation Work(s