Monday, October 15, 2007

Tikken, kogg, sisten

I am looking for the English word for a very common game. It's the game where one person is "it" and has to touch another, to pass "it" on. It mostly involves a lot of running around and touching quickly, a competition of speed, endurance and tactics. It's played pretty universally I think, in one form or another, and in Norwegian there are endless words for this depending on local dialects. This means that it's hard for me to get a decent translation. "Sisten", the east-Norwegian word, shows up as "lastly, latest", while the others just don't register.

So, if anybody know what I am talking about, then please, you are IT, and you have to tag me with the right word to give it back and run free.

10 comments:

theblackscorpio said...

I believe, the term is "playing 'Tag, you're it!'" I wonder, if the game's name then would be "Tagging". It would make me inordinately happy :o)

Jason said...

"Tag"

Rebecca said...

Hi Torill, There are a hundred variants on this in the UK. Growing up in Lancashire, I called it 'Tig'. My kids here in the south of England calle it 'Tag' - which is probably the version which has passed most successfully into the mainstream.

K said...

In the US we call it "Tag." When you are It, you have to tag someone (by touching them) to make them It instead of you.

dominic said...

Torill,

Here in the US, we call it "Tag" - as in "A game of Tag"

AM said...

I'm not sure I get this - in Canada the game IS called tag.

Torill said...

I "hear slowly" in English, words appear to Me after a while, their sounds and their meanings both. This one appeared after about an hour, drifting in while I was writing something else. It's called "tag".

GSH said...

Your last sentence was rather ironic. :)

Torill said...

And the black scorpio had time to reply before I remembered :) That's the price I pay for moderating comments! Thanks!

Torill said...

Whoa, there is a serious delay in the speed with which comments show up in my mailsystem, as you all can see! First time I checked there was only one comment over mine, next time there were 5 new ones! not just my mind that's slow, but THANKS all.

And any irony is unintended, of course... ;)