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Word of the Day

dropasteinkerti (n) “stalagmite” A compound as follows: dropi = drop steinn = stone kerti = candle In succession, a “drop stone candle.” More interpretively a stalagmite is named as a sort of dripping candle of stone/dripping stone candle. When you … Continue reading

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Linguistic Purism and the Word of the Day

tölva (n) “computer” This is not a compound, yet it is a combination of two words meshed into one, or a “portmanteau word.” A portmanteau word is the combination of two words blended together that groups definition and sound, such as … Continue reading

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augasteinn (n) “pupil” That’s pupil in relation to the eye, not the pupil that constitutes a student. Before we get into the specifics of the word, I want to help you envision what the pupil of an eye is synonymous … Continue reading

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flugeldur (n) “rocket” A combination of “flug” (flight) and “eldur” (fire). Flight fire! But that isn’t all. If you’re a rocket scientist, you’re called a “flugeldur vísindamaður.” “Vísindi” (science) and “maður” (man/person) added to flugeldur makes that a flight-fire science-man. (Or if … Continue reading

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