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Icelandic place names may sound exotic, but they're usually not very creative. Example: The most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss, just means "falling falls"
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3 years ago #9572713        
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Strangely, a lot of people in America will state with great confidence (as we do when we don't know what we're talking about!) that Icelandic is "the most difficult language in the world". Evidently, not only do these people not know how closely Icelandic is related to English, but have also never taken a look at at Russian, never mind a non-indoeuropean language like Finnish, Japanese, or any of the Native American languages (for example). For my part, I can't read Icelandic very well, but if I walk it through Danish, I can make some sense of it. It's mostly the spelling differences and the more complex grammar, not to mention a lot of vocabulary differences, that throw me. Still, it's not so difficult that I couldn't pick up good reading skills in Icelandic if I'd put my mind to it.


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Karen

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4 years ago #9479084        
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Meaning: https://translate.google.com/#is/en/Dettifoss%20%3D%20(a%C3%B0%20detta)%20foss
Strongest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dettifoss

To be clear, it's not the highest waterfall in Europe (Norway has all of those, and indeed many of the highest in the world), and it's not the highest flow rate - but it's more often than not (depending on the season) the highest height * flow rate in Europe (the rest of the year it's Rhine Falls). It's also just the start of a sequence of falls of large scale.

You may know of the waterfall from the opening scene of Prometheus.

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=914&q=dettifoss&oq=dettifoss&gs_l=img.3..0j0i30l9.350.1418.0.1500.9.6.0.3.3.0.174.698.1j5.6.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.9.698.-SPcMUzZXk0#tbm=isch&q=dettifoss+prometheus

Note that every so often a jökulhlaup (glacial outburst flood) runs over the falls; in some of the more powerful ones (occuring on average once every few thousand years) it's had several times the waterflow of all of Earth's major rivers combined (several hundred thousand cubic meters per second). These superfloods (and more accurately, the large boulders that they carried with them at tremendous speeds) carved out some impressive landscapes in a matter of days - for example, Ásbyrgi:

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=914&q=%C3%A1sbyrgi&oq=%C3%A1sbyrgi&gs_l=img.3..0j0i30l4j0i24l3.301.1267.0.1452.7.7.0.0.0.0.143.755.3j4.7.0....0...1ac.1j4.64.img..0.7.755...0i10i24.rPaqWdkgJv8


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Dan


2 years ago #9676299        
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One of these days, I'm going to try making my own Gravlax.

It sounds like the name of a mighty hero's warhammer or something, doesn't it?

3 years ago #9530098        
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...of fallingness.

2 years ago #9719190        
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Sounds like the Icelandic people are the ones who should have a 'Boaty McBoatface'. :)

3 years ago #9632338        
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m i the only one to realize that Dettifoss sounds like dental floss?


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3 years ago #9540147        
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this is true. The infamous Eyjafjallajökull translates to. "island mountain glacier".


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7 months ago #9815686        
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I actually like that :P But I’m weird so meh :P

2 years ago #9660007        
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Should I jump from the falling falls of LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFE

3 years ago #9576737        
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Well, some of them are pretty creative, like Ásbyrgi meaning "fortress for the æsir". I don't know if I explained that correctly though.


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4 years ago #9484814        
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If the word "foss" has the exact same meaning in Icelandic as it has in Norwegian, I would say it more correctly translates as "cascade" than as "falls". Which would mean that "Dettifoss" is more correctly translated as "Falling cascade".


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4 years ago #9479352        
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Dettifoss sounds like a meandering stream ... or a name for a little girl.


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o98

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4 years ago #9479141        
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soo about as creative as asian names


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