Kokoo koko kokko kokoon

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Image: Sami Keinänen / Flickr Kokoo koko kokko kokoon. Koko kokkoko kokoon? Koko kokko kokoon. Here’s a non-scientific explanation of...

Image: Sami Keinänen / Flickr

Kokoo koko kokko kokoon. Koko kokkoko kokoon? Koko kokko kokoon.

Here’s a non-scientific explanation of the well-known Finnish sentence built up with letters K and O (and letter N in one word)!

1. Kokoo koko kokko kokoon. = Put together the whole bonfire (Put up the bonfire).

  • Kokoo = put together
    • Kokoo = spoken language version of kokoa. Kokoa = imperative of  koota, meaning to put together
  • koko = all, entire
  • kokko = bonfire
  • kokoon = together, in one piece
    • koko = size, measure; kokoon = ilative of koko,  used here as an emphasizer, meaning: in(to) one piece
    • koota kokoon = to put together, to build up, to put all the parts together into one piece

2. Koko kokkoko kokoon? = The whole bonfire together?

  • kokkoko = kokko + ko: the interrogative form, meaning that the target of the question is kokko
    • -ko: interrogative particle, used to emphasize the target of a question

3. Koko kokko kokoon. = The whole bonfire together (this is the answer to the previous question).

  • Notice that the only difference compared to the question is the missing -ko particle from kokkoko.