skräda orden

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Literally, "to mince (one's) words".

VerbEdit

skräda orden (present skräder orden, preterite skrädde orden, supine skrätt orden, imperative skräd orden)

  1. (idiomatic) to mince one's words; express oneself very carefully and diplomatically, to refuse to say anything which may be considered harmful or disrespectful no matter how true.

Usage notesEdit

Usually used in the negative sense, "att inte skräda orden", i.e. to be frank and outspoken; not afraid of hurting other people's feelings.