Word of the Day

Jarðarber (n)

“strawberry”

A compound of “jarðar/jörð” meaning “earth” and “ber” meaning “berry.” Simply, an earth berry.

(Jarðarber pronunciation)

Another one is “sólber,” “sól” meaning sun. A sun berry, but more known as the black currant. This is strange one because black currants are a deep black and not synonymous to a literal representation of the sun at all. But they do grow in the sun.

A grape is a “vínber” or “wine berry,” which is self descriptive but still sounds pretty neat, since grapes aren’t usually named berries in colloquial terms.

Ber also means “bare/naked/uncovered” when it is used as an adjective. Although these are probably just homonyms, it still remains interesting, since berries and bare human beings were often common subjects in any major still life. If you’ve been studying your art history, you’ll surely not stray away from organic objects like these.

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