noevilWhen translated, “hacerse el sueco“ means ‘to play Swedish’. But in reality it isn’t meant to be any kind of insult to the Swedish people. Actually, the expression is derived from the Latin word Latin “soccus” which means log” So, if you “play the log” , you’re pretending not to understand/not to hear something – just like how we ‘play dumb’ so we don’t have to be responsible of aware of something. But over time, the word succus turned to suecos and the expression became popular when Swedish sailors docked in Spanish ports. To avoid certain inconvenient obligations and affairs, they unconcerned themselves by using the lack of Spanish language skills as an excuse to basically get out of doing something.”

Your friendly neighbourhood travel guide,

– Leah

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