Category: Norsk Språk

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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...

The light and dark origins of Lucia

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The name Lucia is most known as that of an Italian martyr, Santa Lucia (often but not always “St. Lucy” in English), who died at the...

Shopping in Norway

Shopping in Norway (Shopping i Norge)

Norsk 101: Language practice with Christie Ericson It’s hard to travel to Norway (Det er vanskelig å reise til Norge) without bringing back (uten å ta med seg tilbake) souvenirs or gifts (suvenirer eller...

The coining of quisling

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Quisling is a term that originated in Norway. In the Scandinavian languages and in English, it denotes a person who collaborates with an enemy, and in general it’s a...

Nordic knitting (Nordisk strikking)

Norsk 101: Language practice with Christie Ericson One of the most recognizable symbols of Norway (Et av de mest gjenkjente norske symboler) is the traditional Norwegian wool sweater (er den tradisjonelle ullkofta eller ullgenseren)....