https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

Old Norse and English...

(I'm really hoping this is not against the guidelines)

Hi everyone!
If you didn't know the Vikings (who used to live in Scandinavia) spoke in Old Norse.
What you probably didn't know is that a lot of English words (over a hundred!) originated from Old Norse! Most of those words are messy or related to war... or raiding... or ransacking
Here are 15 of those words:

  1. Viking! The Vikings did not call themselves Vikings! They probably didn't call themselves Norse-Men either... so why do we call them that? Well... The Vikings lived in Scandinavia in the North (North, Norse, sound familiar?). Viking... In Old-Norse, to go A-Viking would be to go exploring/raiding. A Vikingr was a person who who went on these expeditions. So actually... we are calling the Norse-Men raiders, although not all of them were raiders. Some peacefully settled in other places or were farmers. In fact, all Vikings were farmers when they weren't overseas!

2.anger – angr (trouble)
3. clip – klippa (to cut)
4.slaughter – slatra (to butcher)
5.rotten – rotinn
6.lad – ladd (young man)
7.cake – kaka (in Arabic, they call cake Ka'akaa)
8.awe – agi (terror)
9.ball – bǫllr (round object)
You might have been calling a 'ball' a 'cube' if it weren't for the... Norse-Men!
10. Egg-egg
11.Sleuth-slóth (Sleuth now means Detective but the original slóth meant trail.)
12.ugly – uggligr (dreadful)
13.stain – steina (to paint)
14. race – rás (to move swiftly)
15. or ransacking. Remember this line? Wondering why I made ransacking bold & italics? Because ransacking is an Old-Norse word!
Ransack – rannsaka (to search a house)

If you want to know more, please write on my activity stream! I'll either make another post with more words or will write the words on your stream.

I hope you enjoyed this! Thank you for reading!
WittyKitty

February 26, 2017

11 Comments

Sorted by top post

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

thank you

February 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

Your welcome!
WittyKitty

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChadThunderbob

sweats profusely

*you're

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sophia151515

woah...this has taught me a lot. Thank you for making this!!!

February 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

Your welcome! I'm happy you enjoyed it!
WittyKitty

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZakAgar

Also, the vikings left loads of cities on the east coast with viking names. York is descended from Jorvik, and scunthorpe means in old norse "Skuma's homestead."

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

that's interesting!

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

Thanks for up-voting! This is my first post that got over 10 up-votes! ;D Happy learning!

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tacktack

that's a nice read! -- thank you & ha en fin dag

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wittykittycute

Hello! If you've enjoyed this, you'll certainly enjoy this!

March 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poo314845

yeah

February 26, 2017
Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.