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Dear Editor:

As a person born in Finland, I must correct your piece “Annual Ski for Sisu set” on page A3 of the Feb. 1 edition. “Sisu” is a Finnish word, not Norwegian. It is a word vital to the Finnish character. I quote from Time magazine, Jan. 8, 1940:

“The Finns have something they call sisu. It is a compound of bravado and bravery, of ferocity and tenacity, of the ability to keep fighting after most people would have quit, and to fight with the will to win. The Finns translate sisu as ‘the Finnish spirit,’ but it is a much more gutful word than that.”

Erik Peltonen

Emma


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