First There Was Hygge, Then Lagom, But Now It's Time To Get Our 'Kalsarikännit' On

Kalsarikännit roughly translates to 'drinking home alone in your underwear, with no intention of going out.'

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The Danes brought us the gift of Hygge.

We did a full run-down of all things Hygge here, if you're still interested - though it is so last year.

It meant, 'Togetherness, relaxations, indulgence, presence and comfort. It all boils down to the pursuit of everyday happiness – the art of creating intimacy and cocoa by candlelight,' apparently.

Because the Danes are so goddam jolly we did it, but we overdid it like the true Brits we are (see Binge drinking, all-day breakfasts and all of us burnt to a crisp after the first sighting of sun in March) and all gained a stone, cuddling up with hot choccies in the name of Hygge.

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So we had to call in the Swedes for a touch of moderation, and they gave us Lagom.

Lagom is the Goldilocks of lifestyles - not too little and not too much, juuuuust right.

And that has been really great for us, honestly.

We've lost our cute little Christmas bellies and our wallets are a lot fuller.

We love the idea of realistic and measured diets and spending habits, so Lagom is a win for us.

But, there's something missing in our lives - the kind of thing you didn't know you needed until it arrives in all it's Finnish glory.

Enter 'Kalsarikännit.'

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Which apparently roughly translates to, 'drinking home alone in your underwear, with no intention of going out.'

Now, we're not ones to be hyperbolic, but this is the best word we have ever, or will ever, hear in out entire lives... ever.

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Kalsarikännit means a reclamation and newfound pride for a previously-frowned upon activity.

No longer will we sit at home, drinking wine from a mug, in granny pants, making up excuses to our friends as to why we're bailing, in shame.

No, we will Kalsarikännit with honour and with no guilt.

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There is some confusion as to whether it is verb or noun.

Do we Kalsarikannit or do we take a Kalsarikännit?

We're not sure we care though, because we're already in our skivvies wrestling with a wine opener at this point.

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Kalsarikännit appears to have come to light through Finland's very own emojis which also include a head banging and sauna emoji.

So if you're already knees-deep in a Kalsarikannit session and someone texts you what you're up to, you don't even need to spell it out, you can just send them this emoji.

V. Kalsarikannit, non?

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Unfortunately, we may have to apply some Lagom to our Kalsarikännit or we may end up as femme alcooliques.

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But we can worry about that later, someone get us another drink.

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