Milla's Erudite Etymology, or, How Much Ale Can a Tableful of Vikings Drink?

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Milla's Erudite Etymology, or, How Much Ale Can a Tableful of Vikings Drink?

So. You may have heard the Swedish word "lagom". It's a specific word for an unspecific amount of something (food, drink, time, money...) which is just right (but not perfect), not too much, not too little.

Legends say that it's from the Viking Age, where they passed the ale mug around the table, and lagom meant that you drank the right amount so the contents would last for each one around the table to have a drink. Lag = team, om = around. On the left is a photo of the standard measure for lagom, as defined by a student organization in Lund "Uarda-akademien", a mostly humoristic bunch of people. The bowl represents the defined measure.

Lagom plaqueLagom measure
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