varusmiespalvelus

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Finnish[edit]

(index va)

Etymology[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: va‧rus‧mies‧pal‧ve‧lus
  • IPA(key): [ˈvɑrusmiesˌpɑlvelus]

Noun[edit]

varusmiespalvelus

  1. Military service.

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Nowadays, when women are also allowed to do their voluntary military service in the Finnish Defence Forces, the term varusmiespalvelus —with the literal meaning "service done by a male conscript"— may be considered sexist by some. Therefore, the term asepalvelus —with the literal meaning "service that involves weapons"— is gender-neutral. However, varusmiespalvelus is very commonly used, and not widely considered sexist.

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