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Viking words in English | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

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The Vintage News recently posted a fun video with some Viking words what have invaded English. You can watch it on their Facebook page, or read below for my favorite Viking words:


Happ is the Old Norse word for good fortune or fate.


A word (Husbondi) in which hus (house) and bondi (occupier and tiller of soil) are fused together into a single term.


From the Old Norse rannsaka, which means to search a house.


Appropriately enough, it comes from slatra-the Norse verb for butchery.


A vindauga is a wind-eye, referring to the ability to see things coming up outside of your house while remaining sheltered inside it.


Loft is the Norse word for the sky, heaven, and a loft.


The names for these comes from skal, a word for a bowl or drinking cup.


The English borrowed several festive customs from Scandinavia, including jol; a pagan feast set in the depths of the winter solstice.


The word blundra means to shut your eyes and, therefore, to walk around banging into things.