Tagged: Norwegian language

Bonanza of tequila

A bonanza of tequila?

Two Mexican Spanish words that ambled through English into Norsk vocabulary M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In the 1840s, two Mexican Spanish words, bonanza and tequila, found their way into English, and thereby, 50...

Haugesund Sound

Sund and Sound

Two words, one entangled relationship M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The modern Norwegian word sund comes directly from the Old Norse word for a narrow fairway (smalt farvann). It’s seldom used alone but is...

falske nyheter

Words of the year

The top 10 Norwegian words added in 2017 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...

Dictionary of Newfoundland English

Dictionary of drift

The Dictionary of Newfoundland English shows how languages can evolve M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Contact early in the histories of languages spoken on the shores of the North Sea led to similarities in...

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....

Barneblad: Making a birth announcement

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway When babies are born in Norway, it is normal to put their picture in the local newspaper. Most of the time, the mother and the father are also in...

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...

Norgesskolen, a summer of learning

Every year kids from all over the world meet for three weeks of everything Norwegian Maria Vang Ormhaug Norgesskolen Norgesskolen is a summer school in Norwegian language and culture. The students are children and...