Viking vocabulary

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The Icelandic language has changed little in over 1,000 years, and today a modern Icelander can easily understand a text written in Old Norse. But while modern Norwegian and Icelandic are not mutually intelligible and a speaker of Norwegian (both nynorsk and bokmål) would have a difficult time reading an Old Norse text, many old high-frequency words from old Viking times remain much the same. In many cases, a relationship to modern English may also be perceived.

This article originally appeared in the July 29, 2022, issue of The Norwegian American.

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