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  • At last, I slapped myself with a birch-switch.

    vihdoin (adv) finally

    vihdoin (v) first-person singular indicative past form of vihtoa, to whip (specifically with the following)

    vihdoin (n) instructive case, i.e. "by means of", form of vihta (a kind of whisk made of birch twigs and used in the sauna to enhance the effect of heat by gently beating oneself with it)

    (acknowledgement to Wiktionary)

    I may have got the word-order wrong. No, seriously!

    December 16, 2008

  • I like this very much! But I am curious about the "instructive" case. With Slavic languages, which also have a case to indicate means, this is called the "instrumental" case.

    December 17, 2008

  • Hmm, Finnish doesn't have the instrumental case, but Hungarian, another Uralic language, does. Finnish tends to prefer the adessive for the same purpose. I'm not sure why the difference between the instrumental and instructive per language family, or indeed what that specific difference might be.

    December 17, 2008

  • The instructive case is a relic; it's not the usual case for marking instruments: that would (I think) be vihdalla. The -lla is called adessive and basically means "on, at".

    December 17, 2008