Author: M. Michael Brady

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.
The Hindenburg aloft and afire

Words about words: Aloft

Follow the journey of the word “aloft,” descending from two Old Norse adjectives through early English to the modern adverb and preposition in the 1800s.

a score of eggs

Words about words: score

Made famous in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, the word “score” has its origins in an Old Norse word used for counting sheep.

A musk ox stands on the Dovre rail line

The Dovre Line

The Dovre Line is the 344-mile-long line of the Norwegian railway network between Oslo and Trondheim that is prominent in Norwegian national awareness.

News journalist Eline Buvarp Aardal working at her computer

Kessen, kesst, keffer

Norwegian broadcasting (NRK) now allows its radio and TV show hosts to speak in their own dialects, rather than only in standard nynorsk or bokmål.

bark

Bark, a tree tale

Follow the journey of the word “bark” from the Old Norse “bökr” to its contemporary spelling and use in English and the Scandinavian languages.

Hulda Garborg

Hulda Garborg was an important leader in the “Norwegianness” movement of 1880s and promoted the bunad as the Norwegian national folk costume.

The word “Norway”

Hipp hipp hurra for Norge! In honor of Norway’s national day, explore the origins of the word “Norway” and its journey from Old Norse to English.

Helsebok

The Norwegian Helsebok

In Norway, all residents are required to have a Helsebok (Health Booklet), an official permit and record of an individual’s use of health services.