Currently in the depths of winter, the Swedish landscape is covered in snow and ice.
I previously published a blog about 50 Swedish words for snow. So I became curious about how many words are there to describe ice.
I was surprised to find an enormous number of words. I guess it’s not so surprising for a Nordic country with so many lakes, rivers and waterways that there are many words to describe the different stages and shapes of frozen water.
Here are 15 of the words I found: 15 words for ice.
- Is – the standard word for ice
- Blankis – ice that shines like a mirror
- Nyis – ice that’s only a couple of centimeters thick and transparent
- Fast is – thick ice, often not transparent
- Issörja – when the air is cold but the water is moving, a kind of ice slop forms
- Tallrikis – plates of ice that form when above mentioned ice slop clusters together
- Pannkaksis- similar to tallriksis but formed when water with different amount of salt content meet each other
- Svallis – the kind of yellowish ice that freezes on mountainsides or rocky walls
- Drivis – large pieces of ice that float on the water and are driven by wind
- Isflak – a large, loose sheet of ice floating on water
- Rutten is – literally ‘rotten ice’, the first stage of thawing ice
- Skruvis – when thin ice layers itself on top of each other, like filo pastry.
- Istapp – icicle
- Svartis – black ice on the ground
- Glattis – an evenly compact layer of ice on the ground
What other words for ice do you know?
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Reblogged this on My Inner MishMash and commented:
I didn’t even know that!… And I thought I can speak Swedish! 😶 It’s fascinating for me, especially that I’ve always been so fascinated with ice!