" She looks at me as if to say, "I could not be more serious.Now please stop BOTHERING me…" then moves off to the milk-frothing area.Should you find yourself with uncomfortably trapped hair, you just need to få hul på bylden or “lance the boil” (lovely), to get things moving in the right direction. As you might expect from the country that supplies much of the world its bacon and brought us Marius-gate, animal motifs also feature heavily in Danish dictums.
My adopted homeland, I discover from the tirelessly helpful people at Expat in Denmark, is no exception. The main sources of sustenance in Denmark (aside from the ubiquitous pork) appear to be carbohydrates and liquorice. Being told to “spis lige brød” or "eat some bread” means you need a time-out to calm the heck down.
As someone who’s done extensive research into the comforting, soporific effects of carbohydrates, this seems wholly sensible.
Every culture has its own proverbs that express a basic human truth through some sort of practical, often archaic, experience.
They can offer useful advice about how to live your life or tell you something about the culture they come from.
Still reeling from this revelation, I start to wonder how the Peanuts comic strip translates into Danish (with Charlie Brown interjecting that he’s grateful for his caffeinated beverage every few frames?
) and how many other sayings I might have missed during my not-at-all-scientific two-year reconnaissance mission to date.Instead, she is exclaiming, with big hand gestures, to a group of friends, over a Power Point presentation on her laptop.She says it again, slaps her hand on the table, and guffaws.Enlightened, I’m off to stick my finger in the ground, eat some liquorice, keep my hair well clear of post-boxes and give all expanses of open water a wide berth. The main part of it is Jutland, a peninsula north of Germany, but also with a number of islands, including the two major ones, Zealand and Funen, in Østersøen Sea between Jutland and Sweden.Either this woman is telling a prolonged anecdote about a coffee transaction that isn’t nearly as funny as she thinks it is, or I’ve missed something. “It can also be something you say when surprised, like, ‘Oh my god.’ You know?