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Swedish term or phrase:IKEA
English translation:Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd-Agunnaryd (Founder Kamprad+2 Swedish place names)
Entered by: Mats Wiman
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12:35 Jul 10, 2001
Swedish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Swedish term or phrase: ikea
"ikea boy" used as an insult... possibly referring to materialism? spelling may be a little off..
Ivar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd
Explanation:
Wordlwide known acronym for the Impossible Furniture Store (at least in Germany)
Ivar Kamprad founded the company in 1943.
Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd are two villages in the Småland ('Small-Land) province where thrift, industry and inventiveness are nationally known characteristics.
He iis now one of the world's richest men.
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Mats Wiman
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Local time: 00:06
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na +2Ivar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd
Mats Wiman
na +1interesting expression...Glenn Viklund
naSee answerxxxeurotransl


  

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Explanation:
First, I must tell you that I have no knowledge of the Swedish language. So, please take my answer with a grain of salt.

Ikea, as you may well know, is that famous (and infamous) furniture store from Sweden, which is now found all over the world.

"Ikea boy" might be someone who enjoys the typical Ikea style. At least, if you used that term "Ikea boy" in the US, UK, etc., that's how it would be understood.


    Just guessing!
xxxeurotransl
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Ivar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd


Explanation:
Wordlwide known acronym for the Impossible Furniture Store (at least in Germany)
Ivar Kamprad founded the company in 1943.
Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd are two villages in the Småland ('Small-Land) province where thrift, industry and inventiveness are nationally known characteristics.
He iis now one of the world's richest men.


    Native IKEA fan
Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 00:06
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 1826
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Sven Petersson: Possible translation: cheapskate.
2 hrs

agree  xxxeurotransl: Don't knock it; my precious library comes courtesy of Ikea ;-)
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31 mins peer agreement (net): +1
interesting expression...


Explanation:
I would say that this, when used as an insult, means that you are complaining about:

- cheap taste
- cheap prices
- and self assembly

So, the IKEA boy expression would probably derive in looking down on someone; you had to buy that cheap stuff.

And Mats, I suppose you know that his first name is Ingvar...


    Native Swede
Glenn Viklund
Albania
Local time: 00:06
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 450

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Mats Wiman: Most certainly Ingvar! Thanks!
8 hrs
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