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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#1 Penguin (Mörgæs) = Fat + Goose

Penguin (Mörgæs) = Fat + Goose

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

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FatihYüksel 3 years 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 3 years 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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Satoshi Ketsuban 1 year ago

That is exactly what men in Ancient Greece did.

#7 Hippopotamus (Flóðhestur) = Flood + Horse

Hippopotamus (Flóðhestur) = Flood + Horse

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

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KristianYang 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

again :D