False friends (Dutch/Norwegian)

WARNING: This list contains words that some readers may find offensive. Just like your dictionary.

Note: some of these are dialect words. That's okay.

Note 2: when two spellings of a word are listed, they are homophones - they sound the same even though they're spelled differently. When only one word is listed, the Norwegian and Dutch words are homographs - the spelling is identical although the pronunciation may be different.

WordMeaning in NorwegianMeaning in Dutch
afteneveningcanker sore
belgseedpodBelgian
bilautomobilebuttock
blankshinywhite
dragenthe dragoncarry
eierenthe ownereggs
feitenfatty (insult)facts
fritt/frietfreeFrench fry
gammeloldflimsy
genietthe geniusenjoy
gjøk/jeukcuckooitch
gladglad, happyslippery
godgoodgod
horenthe whorehear
ikkenot, don'tI, me
jeg/jijIyou
kakathe cakepoop
kastthrowcloset
knull/knulfuck (noun)boy
kutt/kutcutcunt
legerdoctorsarmy
løk/leukonionfun
natt/natnightwet
negerenthe Negroignore
pakkenthe packageto take
pikkenthe dicksteal
plass/plasplacepuddle
resept/receptprescriptionrecipe
rundroundcattle
rustrustrest
sintangrySanta
slett/sletdeleteslut
stappenthe mashsteps
stor/stoerbigtough
teenthe teatoe
to/toetwoclosed (adjective)
tran/traancod liver oiltear
tøs/thuisslutat home
ur/uurclockhour
vakker/wakkerbeautifulawake
valswaltzfake, counterfeit
ventwaitguy
vredewrathpeace

4 comments:

  1. Haha, LOL :-D.
    Like when you try to say på Norsk that you're awake and say "Jeg er 'wakker'."

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  2. Good stuff. I think you've transposed the Dutch and Norsk meaning for ikke. Also English "Train Oil" oil was oil from whale blubber with the usual etymology being traen/traan (Du.) a tear or exudation. I now wonder if that can be correct if there is a good Norwegian word for marine-derived oil in traan. Not completely off-topic: http://url.ie/te4n and the neatest Dutch/English false friend is dapper: brave/spruce http://url.ie/te4v

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  3. we still have traan in the meaning of fish oil in the word levertraan, (liver fish oil)

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