Category: Norsk Språk

Folk, a much-used word

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Folk is a much-used word. It appears in all the Germanic languages, though occasionally respelled, as Volk in German. The definition of folk in the electronic version of the...

Norwegian 101: Fundraising (Pengeinnsamling)

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway Norwegians are not so different (nordmenn er ikke så forskjellige) from people in other countries (folk i andre land) in that fundraising (pengeinnsamling) helps keeps different clubs (lag) afloat....

Intro to “Kebabnorsk”

The delicious-sounding ethnolect that’s catching on quickly in multiethnic Oslo M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Kebab, from the Arabic kabāb (also the word in Persian and Urdu), also spelled cabob in English, is the...

The nigh universal egg

The egg may be incredible and edible, but its origin as a word is still unknown M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word egg arguably may be the most widely familiar of the words...

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...