Category: Norsk Språk



In this edition of Words about words, M. Michael Brady discusses the origins of the term romjul, the period between Christmas and New Year’s.

På julebordet!

Cozy up for the holidays with a three-pack of mini Christmas crosswords by Andy Meyer, each featuring a traditional Norwegian holiday dish.


Svarteper turns purple

M. Michael Brady discusses the folkloric figure Svarteper (Black Pete, or Zwarte Piet in Dutch), a side-kick to Santa with a racist overtone.


Bag, a chameleon word

M. Michael Brady carries readers through the surprising history of bag, from its mysterious origins to its arrival on the baseball field.


Comics 11/13

The Norwegian American features comics by renowned Norweigan journalist Fredrik Skavlan and the nostalgic adventures of Han Ola and han Per.


Lori Ann Reinhall offers a brief history of Bergen’s anthem, “Nystemten,” with a nod to Sissel Kyrkjebø’s famous 1986 Eurovision rendition.