List of English words of Swedish origin
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This is a list of English language words borrowed from the Swedish language. Some may be from other Scandinavian languages such as Danish or Norwegian, or may come from Old Norse when it was a single language.
- aquavit (also akvavit, a kind of distilled spirit made of potatoes)
- angström, often written as "angstrom", (after the Swedish scientist Anders Jonas Ångström)
- gauntlet, (run the..., folk etymology from Swedish gatlopp)
- glogg or glugg, (Swedish term for mulled wine) From "glögg" which however originates from the German Glühwein which basically is the same type of drink.
- gravlax, the shortened form of gravad lax meaning “buried salmon”
- lek, (from the Swedish leka, "to play")
- lingonberry, from lingon
- ombudsman a person who acts as a trusted intermediary between an organization and some internal or external constituency.
- smorgasbord (from the Swedish smörgåsbord, literally "sandwich table"), which in Swedish either refers to a buffet with very specific types of food, or is used as a metaphor
- trapp basalts, or "trapps" stair-shaped rock formations (from the Swedish trappor, "stairs")
- tungsten literally "heavy stone", refers in Swedish to scheelite, a mineral containing tungsten and not the metal itself (Swedish volfram)
- yrast a technical term in nuclear physics that refers to a state of a nucleus with a minimum of energy for a given angular momentum
- "glogg". Merriam Webster. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "glögg". Oxford Dictionaries Online. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Gravad lax". sweden.se - The official guide to sweden. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- Harper, Douglas. "lek". Online Etymology Dictionary.