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  • proper n. The language of Scandinavia before 1400 CE, the common ancestor of modern Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Faroese, and Icelandic.

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  • n. the extinct Germanic language of medieval Scandinavia and Iceland from about to 700 to 1350


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  • The word frog traces back through the Medieval English word frogge, to Old Norse frauki, to the Sanskrit words pravate (meaning "he jumps up") and plava ( "frog").

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  • This legacy also tends to put off other people regarding some of the very important myths from Old Norse, such as Rigsthula which discusses the origins of social order.

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  • Cake is an Old Norse word, used first around 1230, when it meant something round, lump of something; it became a loaf of bread in 1420.

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  • A number of African languages see blue and black as shades of the same color, as did Old Norse and Swedish until the early 20th century.

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  • Freeland was founded in 980 AD by someone whose Old Norse name could be translated as 'Erik the Squalid' or even 'Erik the Shitty,' but who is known to history, if at all, as 'Erik the Other,' to distinguish him from a better-known Icelandic counterpart.

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  • Languages: Faroese (derived from Old Norse), Danish

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  • He was set to take a job as a language instructor — he was fluent in five, including Icelandic and Old Norse — but his arrangements as director of the Harvard band caught the ear of Arthur Fiedler, who encouraged him to compose.

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  • “Gutthormr”, though the names are not etymologically the same, as “Godomar” would be “Guthmarr” in Old Norse.

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  • The third I've never come across before in Old Norse.

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  • In their own language, Old Norse, even the word víkingar meant 'men who go raiding in boats.'

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