Bukse Lars

Who is this “Lars” and what did he do?

Thanks to my Mom, and more recently my Grandmothers, I’ve been reminded of a phrase that my Great Grandmother used as a term of endearment when talking to children.  “Oh, my little bukse lars”, or “Uff da, you’re a big boy there bukse lars”.

I had to get to the bottom of this phenomenon.  My Dad’s Mom is fairly knowledgeable about the Norweigian language, and assuming it came from somewhere within my Scandinavian heritage, I asked her, “What the heck does this mean?”

“Well,” she answered, “Bukse means pants and lars is just the name of a man”.  So, in that case…

“Oh James, you little pants lars.”
“Elsa, you sweet pants lars.”

Uh… umm… is anyone else confused?

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