#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

Source:

 

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

Advertisements

3 responses to “#EngVocab: English Words of Vikings Origin

  1. Pingback: #EngVocab: Words of Sherlock in Abominable Bride | @EnglishTips4U·

  2. Pingback: #EngClass: The History of English vocabulary | @EnglishTips4U·

  3. Pingback: #EngKnowledge: History of English Dictionary | @EnglishTips4U·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s