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Quick question: Oskar or Øskar?

Friend and I were trying to figure out why some people spell the name "Oskar" and others spell it with the "Ø". Is it a regional thing or what?

Alright guys, thanks :). I figured it was Oskar but I saw Øskar a few times.

2 years ago

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I have never seen "Øskar", and I'm pretty sure that that name doesn't exist. I'm Danish. "oskar" is correct. :-)

2 years ago

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I am not finding this in Danish under either spelling. http://www.ordbogen.com/opslag.php?word=%C3%B8skardict=auto

øskar is a Swedish word for bailer

Oskar is a name that is also spelled Oscar.

It is also a fruit fly gene that scientists try to inhibit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar

2 years ago

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Swedish doesn't use the letter ø, so I can't see how 'øskar' could be a Swedish word.

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And further proof that google translate doesn't always work then. https://translate.google.com/?hl=en#auto/en/%C3%B8skar

https://translate.google.com/?hl=en#da/en/%C3%B8skar

Yes, it doesn't show in my Swedish dictionary. http://www.ord.se/oversattning/engelska/?s=%c3%b8skarl=SVEENG

Wait I am curious what will happen if I set it to Norwegian: https://translate.google.com/?hl=en#no/en/%C3%B8skar Fascinating as that Norwegian øskar has the same definition for "Swedish øskar" as "bailer" when google translate was set to auto detect.

http://www.engelsknorskordbok.com/no/ordliste-engelsk-norsk/oskar

I am trying to run google translate backwards: English bailer to "Swedish" (øskar) öskar and Norwegian "øseker, but it doesn't know the word in Danish. http://www.norskengelskordbok.com/no/ordliste-norsk-engelsk/%C3%B8skar Hmm, oskar exists in Norwegian, but not øskar and when I look for öscar it switches to Oskar.

Back to the Danish dictionary, to see if it matters if it is capitalized: Øskar
https://www.ordbogen.com/opslag.php?word=%C3%98skar=auto

http://da.bab.la/ordbog/dansk-engelsk/%C3%B8skar
Still changes it to Oskar

However, I have found a similar word "øsken" which means "hook" http://da.bab.la/ordbog/dansk-engelsk/s%C3%B8ken I wonder if the movie "Hook" about Captain Hook and Peter Pan is being shown in Denmark? and backwards is even more confusing: http://da.bab.la/ordbog/engelsk-dansk/hook Alright, who do you know or how many people that spell the name Øskar and what region are they from?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_dialects https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_orthography

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I think the Swedish word Google was looking for is 'öskar', which seems to be the name of a utensil for removing water from a boat (a 'bailer'; I didn't even know that word in English!):

https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96skar

The corresponding wikipedia article in Norwegian is 'øsekar':

https://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%98sekar

Unfortunately, there isn't one in Danish. It might well be similar, but notwithstanding I fear it has nothing whatsoever to do with people named 'Oskar' spelling their name with an Ø.

2 years ago

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In Danish it is called "Øsekar" but more commonly just "Øse".

It is a compound noun of øse=pour and kar=tub

I think it is more common in Danish to add the -e in compound nouns compared to Norwegian and Danish

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I tried to look up øskar on the Danish Wikipedia, but it referred me to Oskar: https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar

Perhaps it is like here where people get bored with the spelling of a name and invent a whole new way of spelling it that sometimes even sounds different. These days it seems that anything goes as a name for a baby. They grow up and we wonder where did that name come from?

2 years ago