Word of the Afternoon

sjóndeildarhringur (n)


I decided to take it upon myself to add a second word of the day because some Icelandic compounds simply cannot wait a whole day to be expressed. They are too beautiful.

This is quite a long compound, but some of these words are familiar based on last posts. We can pull out “sjón” from the beginning from learning “sjónvarp,” which is the word for television, or literally “vision caster.” So our initial key word “sjón” is vision. After vision we can break up the word into two more parts, “deild” meaning “division” and “hringur” meaning “ring/circle.” This renders our word into three parts, sjón-deildar-hringur, or “vision dividing circle.”


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