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

Penguin (Mörgæs) = Fat + Goose

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

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FatihYüksel 1 year ago

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#2 Zoo (Dýragarður) = Animal + Garden

Zoo (Dýragarður) = Animal + Garden

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

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#3 Raccoon (Þvottabjörn) = Washing + Bear

Raccoon (Þvottabjörn) = Washing + Bear

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

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JennyGrobelny 1 year ago

same in german.

#4 Echo (Bergmal) = Rock + Language

Echo (Bergmal) = Rock + Language

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

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#5 Planet (Reikistjarna) = To Wander + Star

Planet (Reikistjarna) = To Wander + Star

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

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#6 Wedding (Brúðkaup) = Bride + To Buy

Wedding (Brúðkaup) = Bride + To Buy

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

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#7 Hippopotamus (Flóðhestur) = Flood + Horse

Hippopotamus (Flóðhestur) =  Flood + Horse

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

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KristianYang 1 year ago

river horse in Chinese

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#8 Rainbow (Regnbogi) = Rain + Arch

Rainbow (Regnbogi) = Rain + Arch

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

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JennyGrobelny 1 year ago

well. just like in german egain ;)

#9 Arm (Handleggur) = Hand + Leg

Arm (Handleggur) = Hand + Leg

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

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#10 Placenta (Legkaka) = Womb + Cake

Placenta (Legkaka) = Womb + Cake

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

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JennyGrobelny 1 year ago

again :D

#11 Quotation Marks (Gæsalappir) = Goose + Feet

Quotation Marks (Gæsalappir) = Goose + Feet

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

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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

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!

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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

Match (Eldspýta) = Fire + Piece Of Wood

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

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#14 Bra (Brjóstahöld) = Breast + To Hold

Bra (Brjóstahöld) = Breast + To Hold

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

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#15 Inspiration (Innblástur) = Inn + Breeze

Inspiration (Innblástur) = Inn + Breeze

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

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

Skeleton (Beinagrind) = Bone + Frame/structure

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

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#17 Turtle (skjaldbaka) = Shield + Back

Turtle (skjaldbaka) = Shield + Back

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

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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

Idea (Hugmynd) = Mind + Picture

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

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#19 Cello (Knéfiðla) = Knee + Violin

Cello (Knéfiðla) = Knee + Violin

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

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#20 In Love (Ástfanginn) = Love + Captured

In Love (Ástfanginn) = Love + Captured

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

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