Saturday, 16 October 2010

"Goddag, yxskaft."

There is a Swedish proverb that will most likely best sum up this blog:

"Goddag, yxskaft."

Translation: "Good day, axe-handles."

Notes: Usually said when someone says something that is totally off topic. The proverb originates from a story about a deaf man who used to sit outside his house, making axe-handles. Not hearing what people said he had learnt by heart the answers to what people usually asked him/said to him. Most people passing by would simply greet him and then ask him what he was making. But one day a stranger came along and asked him for the way to town, and so the answers turned into nonsense.

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