Icelandic is supposed to be one of the hardest languages in the world. I deconstruct Icelandic compound words and illustrate them.


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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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#1 Penguin (Mörgæs) = Fat + Goose

Mör (fat) + Gæs (goose) = Mörgæs (Penguin)

Penguin (Mörgæs) = Fat + Goose

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FatihYüksel 1 year ago

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#2 Zoo (Dýragarður) = Animal + Garden

Dýr (animal) + Garður (garden) = Dýragarður (zoo)

Zoo (Dýragarður) = Animal + Garden

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#3 Raccoon (Þvottabjörn) = Washing + Bear

Þvottur (washing) + Björn (bear) = Þvottabjörn (raccoon)

Raccoon (Þvottabjörn) = Washing + Bear

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JennyGrobelny 1 year ago

same in german.

#4 Echo (Bergmal) = Rock + Language

Berg (rock) + Mál (language) = Bergmal (echo)

Echo (Bergmal) = Rock + Language

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#5 Planet (Reikistjarna) = To Wander + Star

Að reika (to wander) + stjarna (star) = Reikistjarna (planet)

Planet (Reikistjarna) = To Wander + Star

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#6 Wedding (Brúðkaup) = Bride + To Buy

Brúður (bride) + Að Kaupa (to buy) = Brúðkaup (wedding)

Wedding (Brúðkaup) = Bride + To Buy

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#7 Hippopotamus (Flóðhestur) = Flood + Horse

Flóð (flood) + Hestur (horse) = Flóðhestur (hippopotamus)

Hippopotamus (Flóðhestur) =  Flood + Horse

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KristianYang 1 year ago

river horse in Chinese

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#8 Rainbow (Regnbogi) = Rain + Arch

Regn (rain) + Bogi (arch) = Regnbogi (rainbow)

Rainbow (Regnbogi) = Rain + Arch

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JennyGrobelny 1 year ago

well. just like in german egain ;)

#9 Arm (Handleggur) = Hand + Leg

Hand (hand) + Leggur (Leg) = Handleggur (arm)

Arm (Handleggur) = Hand + Leg

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#10 Placenta (Legkaka) = Womb + Cake

Leg (womb) + Kaka (cake) = Legkaka (placenta)

Placenta (Legkaka) = Womb + Cake

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JennyGrobelny 1 year ago

again :D

#11 Quotation Marks (Gæsalappir) = Goose + Feet

Gæs (goose) + Lappir (feet) = Gæsalappir (quotation marks)

Quotation Marks (Gæsalappir) = Goose + Feet

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JennyGrobelny 1 year ago

well, icelandic ist closer than I thought...

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#12 Nice Weather To Look At Through The Window (Gluggaveður) = Window + Weather

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!

Nice Weather To Look At Through The Window (Gluggaveður) = Window + Weather

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RebekkaElisabetar 1 year ago

Nice weather to look at through the window? Window weather actually means that the weather looks nice through a window and only through a window (as it might for example be bone chillingly cold outside, but sunny)

#13 Match (Eldspýta) = Fire + Piece Of Wood

Eldur (fire) + Spýta (piece of wood) = Eldspýta (match)

Match (Eldspýta) = Fire + Piece Of Wood

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#14 Bra (Brjóstahöld) = Breast + To Hold

Brjóst (breast) + Að halda (to hold) = Brjóstahöld (bra)

Bra (Brjóstahöld) = Breast + To Hold

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#15 Inspiration (Innblástur) = Inn + Breeze

Inn (inside/into) + Blástur (breeze) = Innblástur (inspiration)

Inspiration (Innblástur) = Inn + Breeze

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#16 Skeleton (Beinagrind) = Bone + Frame/structure

Bein (bone) + Grind (frame/structure) = Beinagrind (skeleton)

Skeleton (Beinagrind) = Bone + Frame/structure

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#17 Turtle (skjaldbaka) = Shield + Back

Skjöldur (shield) + Bak (back) = Skjaldbaka (turtle)

Turtle (skjaldbaka) = Shield + Back

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AndriKlausen 1 year ago

Baka can also refer to a pie. Shield Pie.

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#18 Idea (Hugmynd) = Mind + Picture

Hugur (mind) + mind (picture) = Hugmynd (idea)

Idea (Hugmynd) = Mind + Picture

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#19 Cello (Knéfiðla) = Knee + Violin

Kné (knee) + Fiðla (violin) = Knéfiðla (cello)

Cello (Knéfiðla) = Knee + Violin

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#20 In Love (Ástfanginn) = Love + Captured

Ást (love) + Fanginn (captured) = Ástfanginn (in love)

In Love (Ástfanginn) = Love + Captured

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