Tagged: english

Words on the move: Rappel’s migration

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Many of the terms of mountaineering in English as well as Norwegian result from the intermingling of languages over time, particularly with French. The word rappel is an example....

English, language of the Vikings?

New evidence points to the conclusion that modern English is descended from Norse M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Two seasoned linguistic researchers, one Norwegian and one American, recently teamed up at the University of...

Norwegian words in translation: klister

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In English, klister is a loanword from Norwegian that first appeared in 1936, in English writer Brian Lunn’s “Complete Book of Skiing,” a translation from the original German edition...

Norwegian words in translation: pålegg

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Pålegg is a versatile word in Norwegian. Literally it translates to “in addition to.” Its concise administrative and legal usages have exact equivalents in English, including decrees and injunctions,...

Is English a Scandinavian language?

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway As readers of this newspaper know, modern English descends from Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, a West Germanic language that the Angles and Saxons brought in when they settled the...

Beautiful voyage

“A Norway Passage” to be broadcast on public television stations across the U.S. A Norway Passage: The Most Beautiful Voyage will be broadcast on public television stations across the United States over the next...