Tagged: Norwegian

Trump turmoil triggers tracing to Nynorsk

Stories about the Norwegian roots of the word trump have recently gone mildly viral. Here’s what our correspondent found M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The genealogy of the surname of the 45th President is...

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....

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 letters, English keyboard

Å, Ø, and Æ make Norwegian special, but can be tricky to manage on a computer. Here’s a brief guide to typing those pesky special characters Staff Compilation Norwegian American Weekly Writing Norwegian on...

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,...

Language: the key that opens doors

Ross “Odin” Dybvig Bemidji, Minn. When I tell people that I can speak Norwegian, often I get responses like: “Why would you learn that language,” or “What good will that do you in today’s...

Learning Norwegian, learning language

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway I was at a conference recently in Trondheim on multilingualism, and had the pleasure of hearing Norwegian linguist Anne Dahl from NTNU give a presentation on language. She assured...

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...

Norwegian words in English: Slalom

M. Michael Brady The Foreigner Slalom in English is a loanword from Norwegian. It is anglicised from the original slalåm, which is a competitive skiing event in which racers descend singly in a zigzag...

A very dashing Norwegian

Victoria Hofmo interviews Annette Orre, NYC Marathon finisher Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. The New York City Marathon passes directly in front of my apartment building door in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It’s perhaps the best...