#EngVocab: English Words of Vikings Origin

So today we will share some #EngVocab! I hope you are up for it :)

As discussed previously, https://englishtips4u.com/2012/09/08/engclass-british-english-3-breenglish-history/ some English words do come from Scandinavia or the Vikings

What are they like? Well, here are some of them :)

1. Window: literally comes from wind-eye in Old Norse, vindauga

It’s interesting how it then becomes window

2. Ugly: comes from the word ugga which means to fear. “If a Viking wasn’t fearsome enough,” an ugly one would have been enough to make you choke on your mead.”

“Ugly” itself now is an adjective meaning “unpleasant”

3. Berserk: “The only thing worse than an ugly Viking was a berserk Viking”

Berserk means “warrior frenzied in battle

Berserk now means “out of control with anger or excitement; wild or frenzied

4. Husband: in Old Norse, hūsbōndi, means householder

The Vikings then believed that “the man and the man only who held the house.”

Interestingly, these days has gone differently, hmmm

5. Viking: Viking itself is a word that come from the Vikings itself

From the Old Norse phrasal verb “ fara í vikingr” meaning “to go on an expedition

So would you call yourself a Viking? :)

That’s it for today fellas, I hope today’s #EngVocab session has been useful

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on July 19, 2014



Ten words that you didn’t know came from the Vikings –http://www.thelocal.se/galleries/culture/2614

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