question from another list about 'takras'

Bethany Dumas bethany.dumas at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 30 14:47:25 UTC 2014

No offlist replies so far. Thanks for the DARE suggestion.


On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 8:40 AM, Amy West <medievalist at> wrote:

> On 1/30/14 12:01 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
>> Date:    Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:36:27 -0500
>> From:    Bethany Dumas<bethany.dumas at GMAIL.COM>
>> Subject: question from another list about 'takras'
>> "In Norwegian we have the term 'takras', a compound which literally means
>> 'roof slide' (or 'roof avalanche'). This word is used both to describe the
>> action (the snow and/or ice on the roof is sliding and falling down, there
>> goes a 'takras' or to describe the heap of snow and ice that has fallen
>> down and is now lying on the pavement or somewhere else where it is not
>> supposed to be and has to be cleared away. It is also used metaphorically
>> to describe someone who might need some attention and tidying up. Is there
>> any such word in English?"
>> Bethany
> Have you gotten any replies off list?
> Not that I know of, but the folks in the Buffalo-Syracuse are might.
> I'll ask some informants, but this might be a question to direct also to
> ---Amy West
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