Swedish fika – coffee break

Fika is a Swedish verb that roughly means to take a  break. 

Fika is a social institution in Sweden. Fika breaks in Sweden are sacred and there are usually two or three every day. It means taking a break from one’s activities and having coffee with one’s friends and colleagues.  The word is also used as a noun, meaning the actual event of “fika” i.e. “a lovely fika” ta en kopp fika”  or “have a cup of coffee”.  

Explanation :
The word is an example of the backslang used in the 19th century– where the syllables for a word are reversed, deriving from kaffi, an early version of the Swedish word kaffe (coffee)”

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