Release The Gjetost
We’ve seen how one Norwegian word – kraken – has been assertively adopted into English conversation. But what other words have we eagerly co-opted from Norway?
The answer lies in The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words + Phrases. With definitions in our own words …
A dry liquor created from potatoes or other starchy plants. Rooted in Scandinavia and flavoured with caraway seeds.
A rocky plateau with little vegetation. Found commonly in Scandinavia.
Fiord or Fjord
A deep stretch of sea between perilously steep cliffs. Associated particularly with Norway.
A high-flying Norwegian country dance in 2/4 time.
A golden-brown goats milk cheese from Norway.
Aka ‘gravlax.’ Salt, sugar, pepper, spice and dill-cured salmon.
A droned zither. An early folk string instrument from Norway.
Painted flower motifs on wood.
A sport in which skiers are pulled by horses or vehicles.
Here’s the downhill sport you’ll see in the Winter Olympics as skiers zigzag between poles.
An open-faced sandwich found in Denmark, Norway and other Scandinavian countries.
Another Norwegian country dance, this one more sprightly and in ¾ time.