What's weird about this is that my last name occurs as a Finnish last name and it did not return it back to me. (I don't have Finnish heritage. My last name occurs as a surname a in a couple of different languages.)
In fact, it renames some famous Finns:
Alvar Aalto -> Kaleva Järvi
Eliel Saarinen -> Ahti Halla
My inner Finn is named Ahti Harju. However, the inner Finn inside my inner Finn is Viljo Kettunen. His inner Finn is Kaleva Tähti. On the next iteration we get Terho Mäki. At this point, I already feel like I was shopping in Ikea.
Is there an ultimate inner Finn? The one who is his own inner Finn? I wonder.
I found a cycle of inner Finns! It took a while...
Jesper de Jong
Väinämö Viljanen Ukko Mesikämmen
Matthew Brown wrote:They certainly do seem to have a thing about bears, these Finns.
The usual Finnish word for bear is "karhu", though. (I know this because my first pair of cross-country skis were Karhu brand from Finland and they had a picture of a bear on them. Also that's what Google Translate says.)
Paul Clapham wrote:The usual Finnish word for bear is "karhu", though. (I know this because my first pair of cross-country skis were Karhu brand from Finland and they had a picture of a bear on them. Also that's what Google Translate says.)
...it is theorised that the bear was such a holy animal that it was forbidden to depict it. Also, the bear's name was almost forbidden to say, so many euphemisms were developed. The most usual Finnish word for bear in modern language, karhu, is just one of the many euphemisms, and it means "rough fur." Among the many names of bear otso is probably the original "real" name, as suggested by the wide spread of the word otso and related words amongst many of the Uralic languages. Many euphemisms for bear are local.