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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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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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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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hrafntinna (n) “obsidian” A combination of “hrafn” meaning “raven” and “tinna” meaning “flint,” rendering the idea of obsidian as “raven flint.” A raven’s wings gleam against light just like a slab of obsidian. This also brings me to a favorite song … 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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andi (m) “breath” or “soul/spirit/ghost” This word immediately appeals to me because of its poetic quality of meaning both breath and ghost. When we think of ghosts, an idea of flimsy mist rolls around in our heads, sort of like … 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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Geysir This is actually the name of a Geyser in the South of Iceland, and not surprisingly, it is where the English word “Geyser” came from. It is assumed that the name “Geysir” came from the Old Norse verb “geysa,” … Continue reading

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steinþegja (v) “be as silent as the grave” Like the word “steinsofa” which literally translates to “sleeping like a rock,” “steinþegja” is a compound that also uses the word “steinn,” or stone. When separated, you have steinn (stone) and þegja (to … Continue reading

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