Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hamstrata and other animal behaviour verbs in Finnish

If you have been reading the corona news, you must have seen the verb hamstrata, which means to hoard like a hamster.




Here are some other fun animal verbs in Finnish:

  1. apina > apinoida
  2. jänis  > jänistää
  3. karhu > karhuta
  4. kettu > kettuilla
  5. kukko > kukkoilla
  6. lokki > lokkeilla
  7. porsas > porsastella 
  8. pupu > puputtaa
  9. puuma > puumailla 
  10. pöllö > pöllöillä
  11. sika > sikailla
  12. vasikka > vasikoida


  1. apina > apinoida = to ape, to imitate, to copycat
  2. jänis  > jänistää = to chicken out (although jänis is a rabbit.)
  3. karhu > karhuta = to request a payment like a bear (For some reason, we call the taxman verokarhu.)
  4. kettu > kettuilla = I don't know how to translate this! Foxes don't do anything, but we use this when we mean vittuilla. (A tv classic from the 1990's.)
  5. kukko > kukkoilla = to behave in a showy manner like a rooster
  6. lokki > lokkeilla = to eat or drink other people's stuff like a seagull
  7. porsas > porsastella = to eat messily like a pig
  8. pupu > puputtaa = to eat in a fast (and cute) manner like a bunny rabbit
  9. puuma > puumailla = to flirt with conciderably younger men like a cougar
  10. pöllö > pöllöillä = to do silly things like an owl
  11. sika > sikailla = to make a disgusting mess like a pig, or nasty things in general. (Write sikaili in Google and see who you'll get!) 
  12. vasikka > vasikoida = to give birth to a calf, but also to inform, to snitch.

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