Couldn't stop giggling at this one. Giggled so hard that I typed "shirty" before catching myself.
'skitten' is so much fun to say :P Is this where the word '❤❤❤❤' comes from?
I think so... May be one of the many Old Norse words that were brought over to Britain by the Vikings!
Old English and Old Norse were very similar. English is, after all, a Germanic language. The reason why English is so different today is because of the French invasion of England, not the Danish one.
Can "En skitten hund" refer to a morally reprehensible person (as "a dirty dog" can in English) as well as an unclean canine? Thanks! :)
So...a question I hope is bothering more people than just me - can 'dirty' be used in both ways? (Not only in the filthy way?)
this reminded of the raske meen sketch when calle screamed JEG ER SKITTEN LITEN PIKE i can't stop laughing :D
What exactly is the difference between "skitten" and "skitne"? I feel like they're different forms of "dirty", but under what circumstance do I use "skitne"?
"Skitne" is the plural form, it's also the form used with definite singulars IF the adjective is attributively used (= placed before the noun).
"Skitten" is used with m/f indefinite singulars, and m/f definite singulars where the adjective has a predicative placement (= is placed after the noun).
"Skittent" is used with neuter indefinite singulars, and neuter definite singulars where the adjective has a predicative placement.
Interesting to find out that English bad word isn't that bad after all in its origins :D
The English word is a cognate of the Scandinavian word, not a borrowing. It goes back to Old English.
Old English is closely related to Frisian, and was a West Germanic language, whereas Old Norse was a North Germanic language. They're all Germanic languages, of course, so they are related, but Old English and Old Norse were technically from different branches. They were just similar enough that the Viking settlers in England could communicate with Old English speakers, but it was different enough to cause confusion with case inflections, and the interaction between & merging together of the two languages ultimately led to the loss of the case and gender systems by the time of Middle English :)
I am impressed at and amused by how much emphasis the audio gives to the adjective here: "En SKITTEN hund i et SKITTENT hus."
No, the English word predates the Norse influence, but the two are definitely related, from an older Germanic root.