Archive for October 19th, 2010


#292 lokakuu – ‘mud month’

October 19th. I had to wait till almost the end of the month to get an appropriate picture for the tenth lesson of Finnish month names!

October for us is LOKAKUU.
loka = mud
kuu = month (actually ‘moon’, since a month would be ‘kuukausi’, literally ‘moon period’)

This month name is very much to do with the weather and road conditions. ‘Loka’ is not just any type of mud, e.g. not mud in the fields, or in your garden (which would be ‘muta’ in Finnish!), but mud on the roads, against which you need ‘ lokasuojat’ (= mudguards) in your car (NB. NOT ‘mutasuojat’!).

It’s not a nice name for a month, as it implies lots of rain, nasty puddles everywhere, and dirty water spraying around from passing cars. You’d better watch out where you walk this time of the year, No point in washing your car either, since the next day it will look the same again. Then again, this year, luckily, October didn’t live up to its name. We have enjoyed over two weeks of gorgeous sunny days and beautiful autumn colours.


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