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The Letter ô

I wanted to know how to say "I am feeding hay to the cows" in Norwegian. Some looking around turned up the verb å fôre.

I'd never seen ô in Norwegian before. How is it pronounced? What's the story with this circumflex?

Tusen takk!

1 month ago

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The "o" in "fôr" is pronounced like the "o" in "mor". The circumflex accent is always optional outside of proper nouns, and tells us that the vowel was once followed by an additional consonant. In this case, the "ð" in the Old Norse "fóðr".

Aside from this example, most Bokmål words containing a circumflex accent are direct borrowings from French, like "tête-à-tête" and "entrecôte". Nynorsk has a few more of Old Norse origin:

ein vêr (veðr) = a ram
eit vêr (veðr) = a weather
eit lêr (leðr) = a leather

In Bokmål, those would all be written with an "æ" instead: "en vær", "et vær", "et lær".

1 month ago

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Way cool! This has to be related to "fodder". One of the things that I really love about Norwegian is finding etymologically related words. Can't help it, I'm a word-nerd...!

1 month ago

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It is indeed related to the word "fodder", both came from the Proto-Germanic word *fōdrą. It's also cognates with the English word "forage" as well!

2 weeks ago

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Thanks so much!

1 month ago

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Bare hyggelig!

1 month ago

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thank you for the explanation :) This actually exactly the same in French. "Hôpital" was before "hospital". "Côte" was "Coste". "Pâte" for "paste" (pasta). Etc. (Must be pronounced very "stengt", from the "bottom of throat", a bit as a long vowel).

1 month ago
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