Just Sayings: "Heimskt er heimaalið barn" — The Reykjavik Grapevine

Just Sayings: “Heimskt er heimaalið barn”

Just Sayings: “Heimskt er heimaalið barn”

Published September 12, 2019

Valur Grettisson
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Ted Shepherd/NBCU Photo Bank

This saying is pretty basic. In English, it means ‘a homeschooled child is a stupid child.’ Sounds rough, but this is a saying in Iceland. What it means is that an individual that does not travel or see the world, will be a stupid, narrow-minded bastard. Once again, it sounds rough, but we didn’t make this up; it’s a real saying. To be clear, it’s not about the children, it’s about intolerant and uncharitable people that vote for Donald Trump or Viktor Orban and think that the whole world revolves around them.

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