English Words with Old Norse Origins

Beyond the obvious words (like “saga,” “berserk,” and “Valkyrie”), English has borrowed some of its most basic vocabulary from the language of the Vikings.

Update: The video is not on YouTube anymore, so I have added a similar video.

This video is all about the Viking age and how it affected the English language.

Langfocus

 

YouTube comment:

I am a German native speaker. But nevertheless, I have noticed some similarities about languages that are spoken nowadays, even if that is not so obvious in all spellings. Examples for this are:

Wasser (German)

water (English)

vand (Danish)

vann (Norwegian)

vatten (Swedish)

vatn (Icelandic)

 

therefore (English)

derfor (Danish)

derfor (Norwegian)

därför (Swedish)

 

neu (German)

new (English)

nieuw (Dutch)

ny (Danish)

ny (Norwegian)

ny (Swedish)

ný (Icelandic)

 

Vater (German)

father (English)

far (Danish)

far (Norwegian)

far (Swedish)

faðir (Icelandic)

 

Sohn (German)

son (English)

son (Swedish)

sonur (Icelandic)

søn (Danish)

sønn (Norwegian)

 

Mutter (German)

mother (English)

mor (Danish)

mor (Norwegian)

mor (Swedish)

móðir (Icelandic)

 

Tochter (German)

daughter (English)

datter (Danish)

datter (Norwegian)

dotter (Swedish)

dóttir (Icelandic)

 

Bruder (German)

brother (English)

bror (Danish)

bror (Norwegian)

bror (Swedish)

bróðir (Icelandic)

 

Schwester (German)

sister (English)

søster (Danish)

søster (Norwegian)

syster (Swedish)

systir (Icelandic)

 

21 comments

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  17. thefourthoccidentalempire · February 23, 2020

    Reblogged this on THE FOURTH REICH CENTURY.

    Like

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  19. ᛋᛠᛉ · November 15, 2020

    There are whole books full of Norse loanwords. I for one think it’s awesome, given that at the time,I am told, a Norseman and an Anglo-Saxon could understand one another better than a German and a Dane today. Fun thought.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Viking Life Blog · November 15, 2020

      Yeah! Imagine how awesome it would have been, if it was still like that.
      We would be talking and writing in something like Danish.

      Liked by 1 person

      • ᛋᛠᛉ · November 16, 2020

        I think I would like that better. Makes true English easier to speak, without the shadow of French and Latin.

        Liked by 1 person

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