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​There's A Word In Finnish That Means Drinking Alone And In Underwear Because It's So Popular

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​There's A Word In Finnish That Means Drinking Alone And In Underwear Because It's So Popular

Many of us have interesting hobbies - whether it's something sporty like football or working out, something creative like painting or photography, or something a bit more classic such as fishing or knitting.

But as great as all that is, realistically one of our favourite things to do is to sit at home alone, drinking - preferably in our underwear. No polite conversation or small talk, no extortionate beer prices, no constraints of trousers.

Well, in Finland, it's actually such a popular past time that there's even a dedicated word for it: 'kalsarikännit'.

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Kalsarikännit is translated as 'the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear - with no intention of going out', according to finland.fi.

To some, the idea of drinking on your tod without any clothes on may seem a bit depressing, but the Finns have totally owned it and embraced it. After all, why should you have to be out in a pub or noisy club to enjoy a nice bev? Why, for that matter, should you have to wear clothes when you really can't be arsed? All extremely valid points, we feel.

Kalsarikännit is the answer - and the perfect way to justify ditching real plans to chill out at home, as you can tell friends that you're just getting a bit continental with the latest Nordic trend.

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I mean, we all remember when the world went crazy for 'hygge', the Danish and Norwegian concept of feeling cosy, content and comfortable in your surroundings. So feeling smug then, basically... just with added knitwear and a mug of cocoa.

But while hygge was more about thick socks and roaring log fires, this kalsarikännit lark seems pretty simple. Drink, pants. That's it.

Other great words and phrases listed on finland.fi include 'torillatavataan', which is the phrase for the feeling when something so great happens that 'you just have to share it with somebody.

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There's also 'perkele' which is apparently the mother of all Finnish swear words. It literally means 'the devil', but at the same time it means so much more. If you really want to go for it, you can roll the 'r' for extra emphasis.

Right, I need to text my friends and tell them I can't make it out this weekend anymore.... It's kalsarikännit time, and I'm so glad there's finally a name for it.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Screen Gems

Topics: Interesting, Stuff, Community, Finland, world

Jess Hardiman
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