At a tour of the Wine & Spirit history museum (Vin & Sprithistoriska Museet) tonight, I was given yet another fantastic definition of lagom. Basically, our tour guide Elke said that in days gone by at a dinner, a large chalice or mug of alcohol was passed around the table. There should be enough in the mug for everyone to take a drink and that is then a lagom amount.

Meanwhile just after a particularly hard part of a spinning class the other day, the instructor asked us if we were lagom warm. As most everyone in the class was gasping for air and dripping with sweat, there was a general shout of yes.

Yet again, it’s easy to see why lagom is such a useful word. I’ve written about it so many times but it’s always interesting.

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