Author: M. Michael Brady

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M. Michael Brady was born, raised, and educated as a scientist in the United States. After relocating to the Oslo area, he turned to writing and translating. In Norway, he is now classified as a bilingual dual national.

Timber framing vocab

M. Michael Brady talks about construction words related to timber framing in house building, something that has been used for thousands of years.


M. Michael Brady writes about the origin of the word thunder and how it was derived from Old Norse mythology in his Word about Words column.

Yule log

Yule – Jul 

M. Michael Brady talks about the origins of the words yule and jul (Christmas) and how they evolved throughout Nordic and European countries.


Words about words: Gift

M. Michael Brady writes about the evolution from Old Norse of the word “gift,” which means both “married” and “poison” in Norwegian spoken today.

The Scream

Story of “scream”

M. Michael Brady traces the history of the word “scream” from Shakespeare to Norway’s Edvard Munch, who named his famous painting “The Scream.”

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Søtvier to Nightshade

M. Michael Brady discusses the evolution
of “søtvier” in Norwegian and “nightshade” in English, which end up with
identical botanical classifications.