skvallerspegel

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Etymology[edit]

skvaller (gossip) +‎ spegel (mirror), used since 1897. In Danish called gadespejl (street mirror).

Noun[edit]

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  1. a double mirror mounted outside a window, for viewing up and down the street; similar to a rear-view mirror, but mounted on a house; common in small towns with wooden houses (Kalmar, Vadstena)
    • Hjalmar Bergman, 1919, Markurells i Wadköping, chapter 5
      Och där satt hon, till synes bunden av sin vana och sin kära skvallerspegel, som fängslat henne i ett drygt halvsekel.
      And there she sat, apparently spellbound by her habit and her dear mirror outside the window, that had held her captive for more than half a century.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Espion in P.L. Bergström, Språkmästaren (1915)
  2. ^ Espion in Carl Magnus Ekbohrn, Förklaringar över 100,000 främmande ord och namn m.m. (1936)