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In Sweden I wanna know, what’s the name of the shame?

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AS the climate change controversy takes wing, the buzzword this year has been flygskam – a Swedish term which means ‘flying shame’ (Flyg = flight, skam =shame).

The idea is that you should be ashamed of using planes to travel, because of the large carbon footprint left by their engines. Flygskam has apparently been so effective in Sweden that domestic flights there have fallen significantly.

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental campaigner, boosted the concept when she refused to fly across the Atlantic to attend climate conferences, instead going there and back by sailboat.

Now the idea of flygskam has given rise to a whole host of new Swedish skam terms to describe the many other things we might feel ashamed of. These are just a few …

Badbakskam – Phoning work to throw a false sickie.

Chokkiskam – Not giving your last Rolo to your loved one.

Dammitskam – Swearing.

Siggiskam – Smoking.

Slobbskam – Refusing to give up your bus seat to a pensioner.

Blankenskam – Pretending not to see a boring acquaintance.

Snailskam – Causing a traffic tailback while riding your bike slowly.

Futtskam – Men wearing brown shoes with a black suit.

Tapponskam – Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth.

Kuppaskam – Putting the milk in before the tea.

Loaffskam – Buying bread despite having a breadmaker in the kitchen cupboard.

Bagginskam – Causing a hold-up at the self-service checkout.

Fidotrumpenskam – Breaking wind and blaming the dog.

Gattoskam – Wrecking your New Year diet by scoffing a huge slice of cake.

Blottoskam – Having a few too many.

Poopskam – Forgetting to pick up after your dog.

Ruggskam – Wearing an unconvincing hairpiece.

Skroojskam – Not giving the postman a Christmas tip.

Sodditskam – Deciding to fly after all and living with the shame. 

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Weaver Sheridan
Weaver Sheridan is an amateur local historian and wannabe best-selling novelist.

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