kiitos olkohon

Discussion in 'Suomi (Finnish)' started by Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Senior Member

    Pariisi
    kiina
    What does "olkohon" mean as in "Kiitos olkohon" in this quote from an advertisement from yesterday's newspaper?

    Kiitos siis olkohon, kiitos siis olkohon.

    Ja me toivotamme, ja me toivotamme
    rauhallista ja hyvää joulua!
     
  2. Gavril Senior Member

    English, USA
    I'm not absolutely sure, but I would guess that olkohon is an alternative form of olkoon, which is the 3rd person singular imperative form of olla. So, kiitos olkoon = "let there be thanks" = "thanks".
     
  3. Määränpää

    Määränpää Senior Member

    Finnish
    That is right, and the lines are from Tiernapojat, a Finnish version of the "Star boys' singing procession" (see Wikipedia).

    The language used in the play can be archaic, poetic and dialectal.
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013

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