Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Ad Undas

An expression (used excessively in Norwegian) of latin origin meaning to the waves, often used when you've failed and everything's going straight to hell.

Any chance it can be connected to sleeping with the fishes e.g. "It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes." ?

To the Circus 1922

Teaching the Ocean the Alphabet


Orrestranda, Jæren, Norway

Dregg


While searching for the etymological origin for the English word write and draw, I discovered some pretty exciting links to Norse language and the sea. The English word write is of Germanic origin related to the German reissen (Norwegian risse) meaning sketch or drag. The Old Norse word for to drag is dragan meaning to draw, but the noun drag is also related to the German dragge meaning grapnel. A grapnel is a small anchor and called dregg in Norwegian.
Just another curious connection that I appreciate.