Typically Swedish #12 – Nöff nöff

When you imitate the sound of a pig, instead of saying “oink, oink” you say “nöff, nöff”.

By the way, roosters (cocks) say in Sweden “kukeliku”.

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  1. Hello,

    > When you imitate the sound of a pig, instead of saying “oink, oink” you say “nöff, nöff”.

    In hungarian it’s “röff, röff”

    > roosters (cocks) say in Sweden “kukeliku”

    In hungarian it’s “kukurikú”

    I think this “word” is of finno-ugric origin. The ugric tribes lived on the asian slopes of the Ural mountains about 2,500 years ago. A part of them migrated to the north-west, became finnish and have been living in contact with swedes for centuries. The rest of ugrics migrated to the south-west and became Hungary. Only very small ethnic ugric groups, like the hanti and the mansi, remained within the territory of current day Russia.

    By the way, the finno-ugric language family is not indo-european, sanskritic or neo-latin and it has no scientifically accepted relative (although some propose weak links to korean, sumerian, punic, turkic, etc).

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