Icelandic is supposed to be one of the hardest languages in the world. I deconstruct Icelandic compound words and illustrate them.
Many of these words are very literal, yet somehow poetic at the same time. Other times they can be rather random and a little humorous!
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Mör (fat) + Gæs (goose) = Mörgæs (Penguin)
Dýr (animal) + Garður (garden) = Dýragarður (zoo)
Þvottur (washing) + Björn (bear) = Þvottabjörn (raccoon)
Berg (rock) + Mál (language) = Bergmal (echo)
Að reika (to wander) + stjarna (star) = Reikistjarna (planet)
Brúður (bride) + Að Kaupa (to buy) = Brúðkaup (wedding)
Flóð (flood) + Hestur (horse) = Flóðhestur (hippopotamus)
Regn (rain) + Bogi (arch) = Regnbogi (rainbow)
Hand (hand) + Leggur (Leg) = Handleggur (arm)
Leg (womb) + Kaka (cake) = Legkaka (placenta)
Gæs (goose) + Lappir (feet) = Gæsalappir (quotation marks)
Gluggi (window) + Veður (weather) = Gluggaveður is weather that's nice to look through a window, but not so nice to be in. Like when it looks lovely and sunny but then you go outside and it's actually blistering cold!
Eldur (fire) + Spýta (piece of wood) = Eldspýta (match)
Brjóst (breast) + Að halda (to hold) = Brjóstahöld (bra)
Inn (inside/into) + Blástur (breeze) = Innblástur (inspiration)
Bein (bone) + Grind (frame/structure) = Beinagrind (skeleton)
Skjöldur (shield) + Bak (back) = Skjaldbaka (turtle)
Hugur (mind) + mind (picture) = Hugmynd (idea)
Kné (knee) + Fiðla (violin) = Knéfiðla (cello)
Ást (love) + Fanginn (captured) = Ástfanginn (in love)