UPDATE, June 5th, 2012: Here’s the poll to vote on your favorite translation of “ice tray.”
With the temperature finally heating up, I stopped by my local Hemköp to pick up a couple ice cube trays. This way, we could have; ice.
While in the tiny kitchen section, I spotted the trays and didn’t twice about calling them islåda in Swedish. Islåda, literally meaning “ice box” isn’t a perfect translation but it gets the point across.
I told my husband I picked groceries, including an islåda. He looked at me like I was from Norway.
“What islåda?” he said.
“The islåda! You know the ice cube tray.”
“That?! That’s not an islåda.”
“Umm, my receipt tells me it is! What would you call it?” Now I was confused.
“I have no idea what you call an ice cube tray in Swedish but I guess English to Swedish can be weird sometimes.”
“Duh, how did you guys come with tvättbjörn as a translation for raccoon?”
“Fair enough,” he replied.
I felt vindicated, I taught my husband a new Swedish word!
Unfortunately the next day my pride deflated as I asked another friend about translating ice cube tray to Swedish.
“I would call it an iskubsbricka. But an islåda it is not,” my friend D said.
“But Hemköp told me so!”
“Hemköp obviously has Swedish issues. Haha.”
Not convinced, we asked the barista at the coffee shop we were at. After several minutes of discussion, she too, had no idea what to call an ice cube tray in Swedish.
I asked yet another friend and they didn’t believe islåda was the proper word.
Thus far, four people agree islåda is a failed translation. The Swedish language authority, Svenska Akademin, agrees too. Islåda does not exist in the dictionary as a real, Swedish word. Tyda.se, on the other hand, translates ice tray to islåda but they do not always use acceptable translations, or real words.
Major mystery. What do I call the ice tray?
How about we come up with a new name and make it new, official word! Let me know your ideal translation. I will create a poll in a couple weeks for all to vote.
Vote at the top of the post!
Peeps, we could be making history – the ice tray may finally have a name!