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NORWEGIAN WORD OF THE DAY

Norwegian word of the day: Tøffelhelt

If you’re called a tøffelhelt, it may be time to stand up for yourself.

If you’re called a tøffelhelt, it may be time to stand up for yourself.
If you’re called a tøffelhelt, it may be time to stand up for yourself. Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash/Nicolas Raymond.

Why do I need to know this?

Including Norwegian expressions into your growing vocabulary is an excellent way to integrate and become more comfortable with your new language. But before you start throwing them around in daily conversation, you’re going to want to make sure you know exactly what an expression means, especially if it can be teasing or even degrading in nature.

What does it mean?

When directly translated to English, tøffelhelt means “slipper hero”. What it really means is “pushover” or “whipped”. Tøffelhelt is a teasing and/or derogatory expression used to describe a man controlled by his wife or partner.  

Tøffelhelt is a combined word with German origins. As the old tale goes, a bride and groom who first managed to step on the spouse’s foot would gain power in the marriage. “Slippers” or tøffler were previously perceived as a symbol of the female sex, while boots could symbolize men.

Norwegian synonyms

svekling – weakling 

usselrygg – spineless

Use it like this 

Han har alltid vært en tøffelhelt for damene – He’s always been a pushover with women 

Han sier aldri nei. For en tøffelhelt! – He never says no. What a pushover!

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Norwegian word of the day: Klein 

Feeling awkward, hungover, maybe a bit sick? This word is the swiss army knife of slang expressions. 

Norwegian word of the day: Klein 

Why do I need to know klein?

Klein is a Norwegian expression which can express several things. It can be used as an informal way of saying that you feel embarrassed, hungover or sick. 

However, the term is most commonly used to express embarrassment or, more specifically, awkwardness in a conversation.

Klein, is a way of twisting the expression kleint, which describes something awkward. While they may appear to be the same word with just a letter chopped off, there are rules for using them to ensure you are grammatically correct. 

Kleint refers to a situation. Bumping into an ex when you’re looking a bit rough is a situation that would be described as kleint

For example, when you see your ex, you’ll think something like dette er kjempekleint!” to yourself, which means “this is super awkward”.

As with the example above, you can latch an intensifier, like kjempe, onto the word to help you express the situation’s awkwardness. 

When using klein, you are referring to your own personal feelings or describing another person rather than a situation. 

Out of the two, kleint is the more commonly and widely used of the expressions. 

Use it like this

Du var skikkelig klein på møtet i dag tidlig. Hva skjer?

(You were really awkward in the meeting this morning. What’s up?) 

Jeg møtte eksen min på butikken i helgen. Jeg visste ikke hva jeg skulle si og var kjempeklein!

(I met my ex in the grocery store this weekend. I didn’t know what to say and was so awkward!) 

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