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Terve taas Ianus

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in response to reader comment: Pila = 'a practical joke'

Submitted by Ugri (Finland), May 18, 2009 at 08:26

Terve taas Iaanus,

What I feared came true. Still, you got quite near in the translation. "Pilas" ( a verb) is a colloquialism, should be "pilasivat", > spoiled, ruined, laid waste, chopped into smithereens. "Jätkät"? I give up. The word has a rich and complicated cultural background. "Guy" in comparison sounds bland.

In conclusion it might be useful to know that the phrase originally (at least I presume) was used about Communism.

Du frågade om min svenska. Tyvärr måste jag svara: bara några ord. Egentligen talar jag inte, förstår kanske lite. Sieben Jahre hab' ich auch Deutsch studiert, alles vergessen. Schade, wirklich schade.

Voi hyvin!
Warm regards,
Ugri

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