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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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Onomatopoeias or Önómátopæiás

Okay, so onomatopoeias may not actually be “Önómátopæiás” in Icelandic, but trying to spell the word in one go feels like typing out a foreign language. Actually, I haven’t found the word for onomatopoeia in Icelandic, but I have found … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

víndauður (adj) “passed out (from drinking)” The combination here is “vín” (wine/alcohol) and “dauður” (dead). Death by wine. There is a popular alcoholic drink in Iceland called Brennivín, which is a clear unsweetened schnapps.  You’ll usually hear of Brennivín accompanying … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

snjókerling (n) “snow woman” Yes, thats right, Icelandic has a word for both genders of a snow figure. The combination here is “snjó” (snow) and “kerling” (old woman). Snowman is “snjókarl,” with “karl” meaning man. I came across a few … Continue reading

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Alcoholic Slang and Moon Days

One thing I have not yet covered is something that you can’t find in a standard dictionary: slang. Every language has it, few who aren’t native recognize it (unless we’re talking English, since most European countries watch enough American movies … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

fagurblá (adj) “azure / as blue as the sky” “Fagur” means “beautiful” and “blá” means “blue,” making the color azure not only blue, but a beautiful blue. No reasoning has been determined for it, but it can be easily imagined … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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No Two Icelandic Mountains Look the Same: Hugleikur Dagsson

A famous comic artist in Iceland, Hugleikur Dagsson, makes use of Icelandic culture by using satirical illustrations and dark humor. Here are a few accounts of some of his satire on Iceland itself that I think some of you may … Continue reading

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Bí Bí og Blaka, Bye Bye and Hushabye

One aspect of Icelandic music that I find incredible is its take on lullabies. While stumbling around looking up Icelandic poetry online, I came across a lovely lullaby that trumped “rock-a-bye baby.” It is called “Bí Bí og Blaka” and … Continue reading

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