We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Megan McArdle, who has recently been obsessing about what government can do about obesity (A silly obsession, in my view. Why has it become a reflex for people to ask "What can govt do?" about this or that thing, as if government had magical powers to alter reality?), used the Swedish word "lagom" in a piece about Ikea.
"Good enough" --as in "Welll, ok, i guess that's good enough" actually means "not good enough, but it'll do". So, what it really means, is "nothing less than perfect is good enough". On the other hand, zzzzzzzzzzzzz...oops i put myself to sleep
I'd try to explain it, but it's probably really not worth trying. I mean, you already kind of know what it means just from puzzling through the word phonetically and listening to what it sounds like. So I could explain, but what would be the use? It's not like you'd understand it better, or that I'd feel better for having explained. I think we're both just better off with settling for what we have and maybe having a nice warm cup of lingonberry tea. It isn't quite as good as Earl Grey or even a nice P.G. Tips, but I think you'll find a cup and a half of this served lukewarm is perfectly adequate for most of your needs.
Ugh. Reminds me of Bruno Bettelheim and his idiot book, "The Good Enough Parent". The word means 'moderation'... basically. If we are to strive to be 'good enough' parents, that means we lower our expectations to 100 I.Q. thought and get on with raising our chirrens. jaysus.
Having lived in Sweden and visited several times, I can report that "lagom" means "just right." The Swedes I've met and lived with seem rather proud of this little word - and they're the ones that have a sense of humor.