The early bird gets it. No, not the worm (but maybe that, too). He gets the meaning of gokotta, and so do the campers and glampers in your life, the early-morning joggers, and the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed toddlers. (What? Your toddlers don’t have tails? Weird.)

(n.) lit. “early cuckoo morning”; the act of rising early in the morning to hear the birds sing. An at-dawn picnic. Appreciating nature and the sunrise.

Pronounced: zyohh-KOH-tah.
Origin: Swedish (there is no real English substitute).


Photo by Michael Maggs via Wikimedia Commons.

So, instead of hitting snooze for the third time next weekend, set your programmable coffeemaker for an earlier hour than usual, pull on some flannel, and go sit outside. See who else is up. Listen.

Oh, and don’t forget the picnic part. Wakey, wakey, eggs and bac-y.

Leave a comment 5 Comments

  1. What a wonderful word for something I love to do!

  2. Karlyne says:

    In August, the dawn chorus is greatly reduced, but that’s no excuse to not gokotta! (Can it be used as a verb, I wonder…)

  3. Krista says:

    This sounds just like my two toddler boys! They definitely like to be up and going early in the morning. Now if only I could get them to make the eggs and bacon for me!

  4. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is a great new word to know. One of my favorite things to do is go outside with my morning coffee and watch all the birds having breakfast. The photo of the bird above is gorgeous. He looks like a Bluebird with a fancy robe on.

  5. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    I am sooo not a morning person but I do let the birds gently wake me up .like around 6:30 or 7 AM

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