In The News: Swedes Invent New Word For ‘Flight Shame,’ Which Appears To Be WorkingJune 14, 2019
There’s a stigma about planes and their effect on climate change. In Sweden, there’s a new word to encourage people to use alternate means of transportation as they travel or go on vacation.
According to Mother Nature Network, Swedes are using “flygskam,” which means “flight shame,” and it appears people are taking it to heart. The number of domestic passengers is down 15 percent from April 2018 to April 2019. It’s also sparked the new word “tågskry,” which means “train brag.”
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