From Iceland — Just Sayings: Heimskur er jafnan höfuðstór

Just Sayings: Heimskur er jafnan höfuðstór

Just Sayings: Heimskur er jafnan höfuðstór

Published March 12, 2020

Valur Grettisson
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Blessed with a big head? Tough luck. As Icelanders say, “People with big heads are stupid!” Yes, not our most gracious saying, we know. Basically, it means that one should not judge others by their appearances. For instance, one should not make a conclusion on another’s intelligence by the size of their head. That is what the saying is supposed to mean, but it’s probably one of the most misunderstood idioms in Iceland. On a personal note, it’s excellent news for the journalist that wrote this text, as he has a hideously big head and ridiculously small body. We can’t all win the gene-lottery, you know.

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