Category: Norsk Språk

Trump turmoil triggers tracing to Nynorsk

Stories about the Norwegian roots of the word trump have recently gone mildly viral. Here’s what our correspondent found M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The genealogy of the surname of the 45th President is...

Words about words: Cable tie & carburetor

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway At the outset, the definitions of the two Norwegian words buntebånd (literally “bundle tie”) and forgasser (literally “gasifier”) suggest that they have little in common, other than being the...

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)...