"Hidden People" & more Icelandic legends
flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Thu Jul 12 22:03:35 UTC 2001
At 05:22 PM 7/12/01 -0400, you wrote:
>Pg. 117: _Badstofa_ was the common bed- and living-room of the
>traditional Icelandic farmhouse. Originally a sauna--the word means
>"bathroom"--it later began to be used for sleeping in cold winters because
>the stone oven used to produce steam for the bath was easy to heat and
>retained warmth well. So, little by little, the _badstofa_ became the
>center of the farmhouse, where people slept, ate, and worked.
And my dictionary notes that ModE "stove" comes from Anglo-Saxon "stofa"
(pronounced with medial /v/, as I recall) = hot air bath. German "stube"
is related. Hence the heated room --> the apparatus for heating the room.
>_Cake_: This refers to an unleavened bread, somewhat like a Middle
>Eastern pita, usually called _flatkaka_, or "flat cake."
Norwegians eat "flatbrod," although I recall its being hard and crisp, more
like Passover matzos.
Beverly Olson Flanigan Department of Linguistics
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