When your appliances talk back

So proclaims the dishwasher:

Control panel of a Scandinavian dishwasher

Miss Cellania has a perfectly logical explanation:

“Slut” means “finished” in Danish and Swedish. In Norwegian, it would say “slutt.” I don’t know how you would say finished in Finnish.

I duly checked with Reckitt Benckiser, which sells a dishwashing detergent called “Finish” in the States; the equivalent product in Europe is called “Calgonite.”


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 February 2018 · 2:57 pm

    And an older meaning of “slut” is “slovenly housekeeper.”

    If my dishwasher said that to me, I’d feel personally attacked. It’s true I’m a slovenly housekeeper, but I don’t need my appliances reminding me.

    (My Whirlpool has the good sense to just show a single green LED when it’s done)

  2. McGehee »

    8 February 2018 · 3:21 pm

    The name “Calgonite” sounds familiar to me, and not just because of Calgon. I’m thinking maybe late 1960s, possibly into the ’70s, I must have seen it advertised on TV here in the U.S.

    I don’t know about “finished,” but I remember from past Olympiads that Suomi seemed to be Finnish for Finland.

  3. McGehee »

    8 February 2018 · 3:25 pm

    When someone calls me something I know I’m not, I take that to mean they don’t know any of the things they could have called me that I am.

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