Category: Norsk Språk

Words of the year

Språkrådet’s top 10 new Norwegian words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Each year Språkrådet (The Language Council of Norway) and Professor Gisle Andersen of the Department of Professional and Intercultural Communications of the Norwegian...

Wonderful language

Unique words let one experience a culture Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. How wonderful language is! It so enriches our knowledge of a culture, serving as a barometer of its nuances. I have favorite words...

Norwegian 101: Aquavit (Akevitt)

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway The Christmas holidays (julesesongen) are quickly approaching (raskt nærmer seg), which means (som betyr) here in Norway (her i Norge) households (husholdninger) are stocking up (hamstrer opp) on aquavit....

Norwegian 101: Pumpkins (Gresskar)

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway I am not embarrassed (jeg er ikke flau over) to say that I love pumpkins (jeg er veldig glad i gresskar). I love the orange color (den oransje fargen)...

Yngling sails as-is

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Yngling, the name of an international class of racing sailboat, is a Norwegian word that has been taken directly as a loanword into most other European languages. Unlike many...

“Norge” origin doubts

Norge does not mean “veien mot nord” (the way leading to the north) as once thought, says professor Michael Schulte Morten Rosenvinge University of Agder That the name Norge (Norway) means “veien mot nord”...

Steak—an American staple with Norse roots

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The steak is a great American staple, so much so that restaurants specialized in serving it are called steakhouses. Unsurprisingly, New York has more steakhouses than any other city,...