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Word of the Day

pollagalli (n) “rain suit” The first thing this word brought to mind was English’s way of naming the pill bug: the roly poly. Often this word is also spelled “rolli polli” like “pollagalli.” Although this word has nothing to do … Continue reading

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Melodic, Silky Pillars of Rock

Halló! This just in: SUMMER HAS STARTED. What does this mean? Well, it most certainly leads into the fact that I have a month and a half to go until I am breathing Icelandic air. I’ll be preparing for this … Continue reading

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Word of the Day and Lullabies Sung to the Waterfalls

rúmföt (n) “bed linens” A lovely combination defines this one: rúm meaning “bed,” and föt, meaning “clothes.” Aha! You bed linens are literally bed clothes, clothes for your bed! Speaking of beds and implying sleep, the verb for sleep is a … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

halastjarna (n) “comet” Here we have another compound, which is comprised of hala, coming from “hali” meaning “tail” and stjarna which looks like it sounds: “star.” That leaves us with the idea of a comet being a “tail star” of sorts, trailing … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

smokkfiskur (n) “squid” Most of the words I’ve posted here have been compounds made of very poetic word combinations. Here to change this trend is the very humorous word for squid, which happens to be split into “smokk” and “fiskur.” “Fiskur” … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

ljósvaki (n) “ether/æther” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, the ether was a proposed concept in medieval science that was defined as the material that filled the universe above the terrestrial sphere. In the 17th an 18th centuries there were … Continue reading

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What the Heck Does the Letter “ð” Sound Like?

A few many posts ago I mentioned the inaccurate tendencies of GoogleTranslate when trying to help out with the Icelandic language. Of course, I still use it for confirmation on certain words, but when looking up the words to ask … Continue reading

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Word of the Afternoon

sjóndeildarhringur (n) “horizon” 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 … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

sóley (n) “buttercup” When I first saw this word, I didn’t think it was a compound. But actually it breaks off into “sól” meaning “sun” and “ey” meaning “island.” If you look at a buttercup you can definitely see the … Continue reading

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“What Lies in Your Heart?”

I decided to shock myself a little by changing the language on Facebook from English to Icelandic this evening. I came the conclusion that it was time to take the leap, and unfortunately I am so lost! But, of all … Continue reading

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