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Lagom

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ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA

Lagom (pronounced [²lɑːɡɔm]) is a Swedish word meaning “just the right amount”. The Lexin Swedish-English dictionary defines lagom as “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right.” Lagom is also widely translated as “in moderation,” “in balance,” “perfect-simple,” and “suitable” (in matter of amounts). Whereas words like sufficient and average suggest some degree of abstinence, scarcity, or failure, lagom carries the connotation of appropriateness, although not necessarily perfection. The archetypical Swedish proverb “Lagom är bäst,” literally “The right amount is best,” is also translated as “Enough is as good as a feast.” That same proverb is translated as “There is virtue in moderation.”

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