Category: Norsk Språk

Band, restraining, & proclaiming

Words about words   M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word band comes from the Old Norse word band, sometimes spelled bande, that had two principal meanings: that which an object or person is bound, and an organized...

Native language loss

Even a mother tongue, unused, can slip away M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Native language has long been considered an indelible part of a person’s identity. Hence one of the oldest beliefs about identity...

hengerumpe

Changing vulgarity: hengerumpe

Meanings of words vary with time, gender M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway On June 7, A-Magasinet, the weekly magazine supplement to Aftenposten, had a cover feature on women’s football or “soccer” as it’s called...

auks

Auk, words of a feather

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Auk is the name of a family of web-footed diving birds of the far north, characterized by being mostly black, white, and gray in color, and...

Am I Norse? You “are”

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word “are” descends from the Old Norse word eir, which in the mix of languages that evolved around the North Sea, led to the Middle...

Old Norse anger

Words about words M. Michael Brady The word anger, a noun and a verb in modern English, retains the sense and usage of two Old Norse words from which it descends, the noun, angr,...

Much ado about ado

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word ado descends from the equivalent in English of the Old Norse word at, a preposition used as an infinitive marker, which is a word...

bylaws

The “by” in “bylaw”

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word bylaw means a standing rule governing the regulation of a society’s or an organization’s internal affairs. It first occurred in the mid-13th century in...