Since 1996, Icelandic Language Day has been celebrated on November 16th – the birthday of Icelandic poet, Jónas Hallgrímsson.
Did you know? The Icelandic language does not import foreign words, but instead refers to the new concept with a combination of existing words. For example, a light-bulb is ljósapera, or “light pear”. The Icelandic word for computer is tölva which is a hybrid of two words: tala and völva, which literally translates to “number witch”. Here are a few more charming examples:
Can’t get enough? Here are some more interesting words and phrases!
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