tri-state area

Discussion in 'Suomi (Finnish)' started by Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Senior Member

    I was wondering how I can express that I live near tri-state area, where three U.S. states meet at one point?

    Minä asun lähellä paikka joka kuuluu kolmaan osavaltioon. (?)
  2. Spongiformi Senior Member

    If it's a place where the borders of three states meet (boundary marker), you can say:

    Minä asun lähellä kolmen osavaltion rajapyykkiä.

    Kolmen valtakunnan rajapyykki is a rather famous expression in Finland to describe a place in Lapland where the Swedish, Finnish, and Norwegian borders meet.
  3. akana Senior Member

    English - USA
    Interesting word, this rajapyykki. Anyone have a guess as to where that word/expression comes from? Is this the same pyykki as in "laundry?"
  4. Gwydda Member

    This pyykki certainly isn't the same as your laundry :)

    is based on a dialectal Swedish word pyk, meaning "pieni kasa, kuhilas*, (sysi)miilu**", while
    laundry-pyykki is based on another Swedish word, byk.

    *kuhilas = shock
    (A number of sheaves of grain stacked upright in a field for drying.)
    ** miilu = a type of charcoal kiln

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