‘Negro ball’ scrapped from Swedish dictionary

The word ‘negerboll’ should not be used to describe this snack. Photo: TT

For the first time, Swedish dictionaries are set to recommend alternative words alongside expressions deemed racist or otherwise offensive. Some words will also be removed completely, including ‘negerboll’ (negro ball) for a type of Swedish sweet.

‘Neger’ (negro), ‘zigenare’ (gypsy) and ‘lapp’ (a derogatory term for an indigenous Sami person from Lappland) are among the offensive words that will be followed by the phrase “använd istället” (use instead) in the next edition of Sweden’s official dictionary produced by Svenska Akademien (The Swedish Academy), due for release next month.

The recommended alternative expressions for the above words are ‘svart’ (black), ‘rom’ (Roma) and ‘same’ (Sami).

A few offensive words have also been completely removed from the dictionary, including the widely debated term ‘negerboll’ (negro ball), which was historically used to describe ‘chokladboll’, a sweet chocolate snack covered in dried coconut.

Svenska Akademien is an independent cultural institution set up in 1785 by the country’s former King Gustav III in order to advance the Swedish language.

Its dictionaries have previously noted which words in the Swedish language are currently considered offensive, but the organisation’s books have never before suggested alternative expressions alongside them…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Kill the language, kill the culture.

    • Brett_McS

      Exactly. They all speak English (very well), anyway.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        They do in Norway, that’s for sure.

    • mauser 98

      kill thought

    • Alain

      Yup, that is the objective and it has been taking place in the English speaking world for quiet some time now.

  • canminuteman

    Words are not offensive, concepts are. If there is a word for an offensive concept, and the word therefore becomes offensive, if you change the word for a new word, the new word will eventually become offensive.

  • mauser 98

    Swedes bending to any breeze
    will snap soon

  • Ron MacDonald

    Will the Danes be next, they have niger kosses.

  • dagawker

    I ate so many “nigger babies” when I was a young child,that my shit was considered racist. It(My Shit)wasn’t offended at all,to say the least.

    • dagawker

      Maybe it was so I could understand the term “wagon burner”?

  • Millie_Woods

    How about shitböll instead of Swede.

  • dagawker


    • dagawker

      Daygoballs? Where you go Day go…………………….? lol

  • J. C.

    Did anyone else think of this when they read the headline??? 😉


  • dagawker

    I was going to make a Jewish joke and then I realized I could get killed If I said that I was a zionist?
    So,Zionuts? Huh? Heh?
    I tried to insult all tonight,sorry if I missed your stupid thought?

  • Clausewitz

    For God’s sake don’t tell them what we used to call Brazil Nuts. They’d have a freakin’ stroke.

  • Waffle

    Small world. Somebody sent me this today:

    Mexican Oysters
    A big Texan stopped at a local restaurant following a day roaming around in Mexico .

    While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful. He asked the waiter, ‘What is that you just served?’
    The waiter replied, ‘Ah senor, you have excellent taste! Those are called Cojones de Toro, bull’s testicles from the bull fight this morning. A delicacy!’

    The cowboy said, ‘What the heck, bring me an order..’
    The waiter replied, ‘I am so sorry, senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy.’

    The next morning, the cowboy returned, placed his order, and that evening was served the one and only special delicacy of the day. After a few bites, inspecting his platter, he called to the waiter and said, ‘These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than
    the ones I saw you serve yesterday.’

    The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, ‘Si, Senor. Sometimes the bull wins.

  • tom_billesley

    They can’t call it a Swedeball as that would be a cruel taunt, seeing as balls are so scarce in Sweden.