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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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  • And let us not forget that it was above all else a labor of love, such as probably never was undertaken elsewhere, unless the work of Ivar Aasen in the Old Norse dialects be counted as such; and there is something that appeals strongly to the imagination in the thought of this poet's labor to render imperishable the language so dear to him.

    Frederic Mistral

  • Flimska is “mockery” in Old Norse and flim, “a lampoon”; an attempt to fool the monarch in 1538 was described in England’s State Papers as “a flim flawe to stoppe the ymagination of the Kynge.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Shafafa is a problem; it is too far a stretch from alfalfa, and no slang term or Old Norse derivation offers a clue.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Contrariwise, you cannot leave out the i in “baiting a hook,” from the Old Norse beita, “to cause to bite,” which will work on fish if you bait the hook properly.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Their sacred mantra, the oath that bound them in fellowship, became hann til ragnareks, Old Norse for 'until Ragnarok,' until we meet at the end of time. "

    Crusader Gold


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