Monday, October 11, 2004


A Finnish proverb is:
"Strong willpower will take
a woman even through stone

The Meaning of Sisu

From a mefi thread on What concepts do not exist in the English language? (via bifurcated rivets)

Comments: finnish

That concepts meme is lovely. So much to think about - if I had the energy to pummel my poor drained bonce into active ratiocination.

It's alright - we will all bounce back soon enough.
Posted by David Tiley at October 13, 2004 10:29 PM

A very shih Gedankenexperiment for those employing too much talanoa to cover the Zchwishenraum.

But in my case maybe it's just Treppenwitz brought on by ostranenie within a nemawashi.

Lagniappe sourced from
"They Have a Word for It"
Howard Rheingold, St. Martins's Press 1988
Posted by Nabakov at October 17, 2004 04:15 PM

Hmmm - must secure a copy to translate comment.


Actually it was the mefi discussion on "espirit de l'escalier" that has stuck in my mind out of all those tenses and nationalistic nuances.
Posted by boynton at October 17, 2004 04:37 PM

Well, you say "Treppenwitz", I say "Treppenwitz".

But yes, to a resolutely English ear, it does sound like some kinda hunting accident in a Silesian game marsh.
Posted by Nabakov at October 17, 2004 05:35 PM

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