Drunken Moose and Swedish Months Posted by Marcus Cederström on Sep 27, 2013 in humor, Swedish Language, Vocabulary
Maybe you saw the news from a month ago. Radio Sweden released a short report about a gang of drunken moose tormenting Swedes. (You can click here for the original.) It was picked up by plenty of news agencies here in the US and categorized under the “Weird” news section in plenty of places. It’s a fun(ny) little story. But I wasn’t surprised. In fact, when a friend brought it up in conversation I just casually mentioned that, yup, that was pretty standard for a fall in Sweden. Disbelief. But it’s true come the fall, things rot in Sweden. Check out The Rotting Month, a post from Transparent way back in 2009. When fruit rots and ferments, animals eat it. And fermented fruit can end up getting them drunk.
But I‘m not a biologist and all I know about moose is that in Swedish they are called älg, in British English they are called elk, and they can be mean. So if they’re drunk, I would stay away. What I do know though, is that drunken animals are most common during one part of the year – the fall, or höst in Swedish. That’s why, for the beginning Swedish learners out there, you’ll find a list of the 12 months of the year as well as the four seasons.
What’s your favorite month and season of the year?