Early in our relationship, Josh and I were in a used bookstore and we each purchased each other a book to read. I bought Josh Adam's Diary by Knut Faldbakken. For some inexplicable reason, this book has been by the front door for the past three years or so amongst the gardening equipment. This isn't the reason I'm telling you this story.
In college, I got special permission to take a high-level Scandinavian literature class. It was all graduate students and seniors and a nineteen-year-old me. The course work was really over my head. This was one of the books we read in class. One of the main characters was called Payk and it seemed like there was a joke surrounding this name, but I didn't get it because I didn't speak Norwegian and I was reading the book in translation, unlike some of the graduate students.
I called up a friend in Norway and asked him why this would be amusing. I kept saying aloud that the boy's name is Payk (pronouncing in "p'ache"--like ache, with a p in front of it), never spelling it, and my friend said, "well, I've heard Falkbakken is pretty racy. He probably created a name that is close to 'pikk' which means 'cock'."
I took this information to class.
And I made sure I spoke first in class in order to work in this brilliant assessment of his name. "And, of course," I said confidently, "Falkbakken continues the sexual themes of the book by working the word 'pikk' into the text in the form of Payk's name."
And there was silence.
And there were uncomfortable looks exchanged and a few people laughed and the teacher gently said, "the main character's name is pronounced "Pay Koa"--the two letters "p" and "k" with the Norwegian pronunciation of those letters. Because his name is actually Per Kristian. So PK or Pay-koa (also written Payk) is merely short for Per Kristian. And it would help if you didn't use words like that in my seminar again."
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