Cat Bear?

Has a new species been discovered? No no, it is just the red panda …

Funny thing, I was reading an English Dictionary by random just for fun when I found a Swedish word I hadn’t seen before – “Kattbjörn“. Apparently, this is the Swedish term for the English red panda. To be honest, I didn’t know what a red panda or kattbjörn was some minutes ago, so I guess it is not a big deal. The funniest part is the Swedish translation…

kattbjörn = cat bear   🙂

Even Icelandic keep the correct form (which is quite extraordinary) and calls it “rauð panda”. In French it is called “the little panda” or “petit panda” and the other Romance languages take the Latin form. It is only Swedish (that I know of) which has interpreted this poor animal to look like a mixture between a bear and a cat!! Excuse my French, but that is fucking impressive!

(The Red Panda lives in China and in Nepal (A/N))


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This blog belongs to Carl-Mikael A. Teglund - tegis. Swedish emigrant with a heart for languages, philosophy, history, and politics (classical liberalism in the European tradition). Go ahead and look, read, or listen. I'm sure you will find it interesting.
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3 Responses to Cat Bear?

  1. hulda says:

    Actually, the Chinese name for the red panda is “xiao xiongmao” = small bear-cat (bear-cat being the name for the giant panda)…

  2. tegis says:

    Damn. Hulda proved me wrong! Swedish people ARE smart! 😉


  3. tegis says:

    But then again, why do all other languages in Europe refer to it as “the red panda”? Is it due to direct translation of the English term?

    I’m quizzed …


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