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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2015 1:49 a.m. PST

So there is a thread about toast in the polls forum.

Which reminded me of a strange langauge thing.

In english toast is well toast. put in a toaster ect.

While in norwegian Toast is called rista brød(litteraly shaken bread)

But we do use toast, but for what in english would be grilled cheese sandwich.

So a toast iron in norwegian is just a grill in english…

And I don't understand why? Toast is not a norwegian word. we stole the english word, and then used it for something els…

In the old days when you made grilled cheese in the oven it was called grillet smørbrød(grilled sandwich) So closer.

But for some reason those grills were called toast irons, and so now it's called toast….

zippyfusenet Inactive Member31 Aug 2015 3:58 a.m. PST

While making toast by the fireside,
Nurse fell in the fire, and she died.
And, to make things ten times worse,
All the toast was burnt with Nurse!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2015 4:13 a.m. PST

My step-mom (her parents came here from Norway) told me
about toast/shaken bread. I asked her about the 'shaken'
part and she explained it came from the method used to
toast the bread, shaken in a pan until it browned.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Aug 2015 8:33 a.m. PST

Don't worry about "misusing" and "consistency" with the appropriation of English words.

Where English is a first and primary language, the word "football" usually means one of several different things and that set varies by region. Where English is not a first and primary language, the word "football" pretty much universally means the same thing.

And I grew up (in America) with about a 50/50 split between "grilled cheese sandwich" and "toasted cheese sandwich". As long as it's served with tomato soup, who cares? :)

jefritrout31 Aug 2015 10:31 a.m. PST

Different countries take different English words to mean different things.

In Brazil for example, the word Shopping Mall. In the US we might say that we are going to the mall, but in Brasil they go to the shopping.

Streitax Inactive Member31 Aug 2015 1:53 p.m. PST

Serves 'em right for stealing our words without paying the licensing fees. Unlicensed word usage is bound to lead to literary chaos, sure as I'm sittin' here.

Old Wolfman17 Nov 2015 7:47 a.m. PST

Where's Heywood Banks in all this? ;^)

Last Hussar05 Dec 2015 11:31 a.m. PST

Streilax- You're AMERICAN. Speak Americish instead.

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