Tagged: M. Michael Brady

Rallar and beslegge

Newer Norwegian words linked by history M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway According to the Global Language Monitor (www.languagemonitor.com), English now has more than a million words, and 5,400 new words are added each year....

Farmed fish feed fears flummox

Is farmed fish safe to eat? A European investigation into salmon feed looks to find out M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway From the Viking Age on, Norwegians have plied and harvested the seas. Fish...

Midtsommer vs. sankthans

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In Norway, midtsommer, the everyday word for the period around the summer solstice, is celebrated on sankthans, the feast day of St. Johannes, June 24, and...

clothesline

Reinventing the wheel

What to call a clothesline that’s not linear? M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The ubiquitous Norwegian tørkestativ might have had another name. In principle, it functions as does the traditional fiskehjell (fish flake), a...

Norwegian society - Economist article

“Look to Norway”

On the EDGE: An opinion column about current issues in Norway and the United States Four ways to improve life in the USA M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway As seen from Europe, four aspects...

garden cities - Ullevål Hageby

Norway’s own home: Garden Cities

Signs of the 19th-century urban-rural housing phenomenon still mark Norwegian cities M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway At the age of 21 in 1871, London-born Ebenezer Howard left England to take up farming as an...

Pentecost: Hvitasunnudagr, painting by Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval

Pentecost or Pinse?

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Pentecost is the name of a Christian festival that linguistically is both simple and complex. It’s simple because it designates a specific day. It’s complex because...

Bouvetøya

Bouvetøya, world’s most remote island

This speck of land between South Africa and Antarctica is, shockingly, part of Norway M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is an uninhabited 19-square-mile sub-antarctic island. It’s the world’s most remote island,...

Amerikabrev

Letters home tell an immigrant’s story

Book review M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Amerikabrev offers a new view of the great emigration from Norway, when from 1832 through 1930 more than 900,000 Norwegians left their homeland to live and work...