Category: Norsk Språk

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...

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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...