Published January 16, 2016
Most Icelandic names have some cool, ancient symbolism. My name, Ragnar, means something like “Soldier of God” (no biggie). The name has some female variants and one of them, Ragnhildur, just means “War” (for real).
But you can Google all that stuff for yourself. Personally, I enjoy pretending I’m from Texas and I’m transcribing Icelandic names the way they sound to me. So you get:
Einar: A Nerd
Gunnleifur: Gonna Leave Her
Heiðar: Hey There
Steinbergur: Stained Burger
Jóhannes: Yo, Honeys
Snæfríður: It’s Not Free Though
Ólafía: All Over Ya
Haukur: Go to Hell For Making Me Write Another Stupid Word Article I Have No Idea What I’m Doing
It’s not my fault some of these sound a bit rude. Why, I’m just a humble word wrangler, I jus’ rope ‘em and write ‘em, jus’ like my grandpappy did… yessiree.
Please start doing that.
More fun words explained by our very own Ragnar:
“FERTUGSALDRI” – Ragnar Egilsson Explains Words!
When referring to a person’s age (the verb is “dilapidating”), we sometimes refer to the decade of existence that person is currently struggling through instead of using their exact age.However, the name of the age bracket is always dictated by that decade’s upper limit.
“RASSGAT” – Ragnar Egilsson Explains Words!
So we have a word, which is this word: “rassgat”. It 100% literally means “asshole”, as in “the hole part of the general ass area”. But unlike “asshole” in English, the word is never used to refer to a person that is behaving like a jerk.