Recently I learnt the Swedish word genomsnitt [jèːnɔmˌsnɪt], which means average or approximately. I thought I’d write about it as I like the way it sounds.
It comes genom (though, across) and snitt (a cut, an average). Genom comes from the Old Norse gegn (through), and snitt comes from the Proto-Germanic *snit (cutting, pruning, harversting).
Genom also appears in other words, including:
- genombrott = a breakthrough, a breakdown
- genombruten = openwork, lace, laced, transparent
- genomföra = carry out, realize, accomplish, execute
- genomgående = throughout
- genomgång = a walkthrough, a briefing, a summary
- genomskinlig = translucent; transparent
- genomslag = impact
- genomsnittlig = average, mean
Genom also means genome.
Snitt also means dainty sandwich, fashion, incision, cut, section.
Related words, and other words containing snitt include:
- snida = to carve
- snidare = cutter
- snideri / snidande = carving
- snitta = averaging, dollar cost averaging, to gash
- snittning = averaging
- kägelsnitt = conic section
- avsnitt = section, part, sector
- kejsarsnitt = cesarean
- tvärsnitt = cross section
- träsnitt = woodcut