Most anthropologists agree that the origin of language is its social function. Language developed as a way of binding together people and cultures in order to better survive. And the words that helped people bond together were the positive words of acknowledgement and agreement, such as ‘sure’, ‘absolutely’ and ‘that’s right’.
These types of words go in and out of fashion of course. Sweden’s current popular one seems to be ‘men verkligen’.
What are some other ways to concur in Swedish?
- Jag instämmer
- Jag håller med
- Du har så rätt
Why does Swedish seem to have so many phrases of agreement? Is it these that have helped develop the neutral, respectful, non confrontational communication style we traditionally connect with Swedes?