Wednesday, 21 December 2011

S-Market Story

On many occasions now, I have used this blog to make fun of my own ineptitude in Finnish (check out for example the Spare Moose post). But now comes a chance to laugh at a Finnish person's struggle with English.

I was told this annecdote by a Finnish friend of mine. The story is about a friend of hers (let's call her Sirpa) who used to work in the butcher's department of the Finnish supermaket S-Market.

Once, Sirpa went on one of those notorious booze cruises between Finland and Sweden. As per the custom on board such ships, she became rather tipsy, and found herself chatting with a rather attractive guy, who turned out to be British. 

All was going swimmingly well, until the guy asked her what she did for a living. Sirpa responded in English, sluring her words: "I work in the ass-market, in the meat section".

The Brit made his excuses and left, no doubt reminding himself of the reputation of Nordic women for being uninhibited straight talkers.


  1. Is there a section other than the "meat section" at the "ass-market"? ;)

  2. I don't know Elena, you tell me! ;-)

  3. ROFL ROFL ROFL...oh, this is SO funny! :-D Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta sulle muuten! :-D

  4. Can you speak finnish?

    1. Very badly - as documented extensively in this blog and indeed mentioned at the start of this post.