Category: Norsk Språk

Billow, a late addition

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word billow, which means a swell on the ocean, is not known before 1550 but is believed to be an adoption of the Old Norse...

norske barn

Bairn, a family designator

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word bairn comes from the Old Norse barn, principally meaning “child, a son or daughter.” Through the years, it has been spelled in various ways....

Halloween

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The word Halloween first appeared in the late 16th to early 17th century as a contraction of All-Hallow-Even, or “All Saints Eve,” the last night of...

Christie Ericson

Norsk 101: Immigration

Language Practice wtih Christie Ericson Like other Norwegian-Americans (Som andre norskamerikanere), I have always been interested (har jeg alltid vært interessert) in my family history (i slektshistorien min). My great-grandparents (Oldeforeldrene mine), Jens and...

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...