Kelly4s Danish "powers"

Gudrun Dahl (Gudrun.Dahl@TELE.SU.SE)
Thu, 7 Mar 1996 09:40:29 +0100

Danish and Swedish are not always the same, but I still dare to explicate
the meanings of "kraft" and "makt" somewhat differently than Karen Kelly
does. (These expressions are common to germanic languages). Kraft is
basically "power, energy" - i.e. electrical power, the muscular or
psychological strength to do something and by extension could refer to such
things as the intensity of an oath, the expressiveness of a painting etc.
Makt is relational power which usually has an object, the power of a
power-holder, the capacity to wield influence over something or somebody.