Category: Norsk Språk

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What’s a felæger?

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Words come and go in Norwegian, as they do in other languages. Often words fall into disuse in everyday language yet persist in some sectors. One...

To snub, Norse style

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The verb to snub means to rebuke or reprove in a cutting or sharp way; the noun snub derived from the verb means the act of...

freckle

Finding “freckles”

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word freckle is a descriptive term for a small, brownish spot on the skin caused by a deposition of pigment. It’s among the oldest recorded...

word mistake

Mistake’s Norse origin

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word mistake is a verb and a noun, both of which descend from the Old Norse verb mistaka, meaning “to take by mistake.” It may...

Norsk 101

Getting around Norway (Reisemåter i Norge) Language practice with Christie Ericson Norway is one of the most beautiful countries (Norge er blant de vakreste landene) in the world (i verden) and of course (og...

new word in Norwegian

Words of the year

The top 10 Norwegian words added in 2018 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...

Old Norse tidings, glad or otherwise

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word tidings, a plural noun sometimes used with a singular verb, describes the conveyance of news or information. It’s derived from the Old Norse tíðendi,...

Luciadagen

Norsk 101: Saint Lucia Day (Luciadagen)

Language practice with Christie Ericson My favorite part of the holidays is Saint Lucia Day, which is celebrated on Dec. 13 (Feiringen av Luciadagen den 13. desember er førjuls­tradisjonen jeg liker aller best). I...