The hockey playoffs have started here in the Elitserien.Â Unfortunately our local team BrynÃ¤s lost their first game (of a best of 7 series) last night to a team from Stockholm.Â I was reading an article about the game in the local paper and came across a new word – possibly my new favourite svenska ord. The article was describing how BrynÃ¤s has a number of very young players that may have watched playoff games on TV before but have never had the chance to even try to grow their own slutspelsskÃ¤gg. That’s right, the Swedes have a dedicated word for ‘playoff beard’.Â I figured the tradition of not shaving during the playoffs was a North American thing, but apparently they have adopted it here as well.
Like many good Swedish words slutspelsskÃ¤gg is a compound word – in this case a triple compound word.Â Slutspels combines slut which means ‘end’ with spel which means ‘game’.Â So the playoffs are literally the end game.Â And skÃ¤gg means ‘beard’ so put them together and you get slutspelsskÃ¤gg – the playoff beard!
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