Tea & Pee; Icelandic Air; Mudpots & Mudsprings; Skali

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Mon Jul 9 23:51:46 UTC 2001

   Greetings from Vik, Iceland.  "Viking" supposedly comes from a town called Vik in Norway.


   This tour guide referred to a rest stop as a "tea & pee."  The other tour guides from this same company don´t use this.
   I don´t have a CASSELL DICTIONARY OF SLANG handy to look this up.


IAL=Iceland Always Late

(These airline jokes never end--ed.)


   I visited Geysir today.  Our word "geyser" comes from this.  It´s fun and it goes off every five minutes.
   OED has "mudvolcano" and "mofette" but not "mudpot" and "mudspring."
   From THE GREAT GEYSIR, text by Heigi Torfason, Reykjavik 1985:

Pg. 5, Col. 2:  ...a brownish, crumbly rock type known as _moberg_ (peat- or brown-rock) in Icelandic, but its proper name is "hyaloclastite."

Pg. 7, Col. 1:  _Mudpots or mudsprings_ occur in the southern part of the Geysir area, and are very common in other high-temperature geothermal areas in Iceland.  The mudpots form where water is in short supply and all the available water becomes mixed with clay and other undissolved material.  The colour of the mud is often greyish or white and sometimes (Col. 2--ed.) stained reddish or pink by iron compounds.  Around some mudpots the ejected material builds up cones known as "mudvolcanoes."  The temperature in the mudpots is commonly lower than of fumaroles, or around 80-90 (degrees--ed) C.  Mudpots and fumaroles are confined to high-temperature areas.


   Not in OED.
   From VISIT SOUTH ICELAND 2001, pg. 22, col. 2:

_The Saga Hall_
   In autumn 1999 a new replica of a medieval hall, or "skali", will open at the Saga Centre, to re-create the old saga atmosphere.


Pg. 46, Col. 1:  And if you are looking for the most "Icelandic" of all fast foods, try the _"pylsa meo ollu"--a hot dog with everything--_ at any one of the numerous kiosks or stands around the city.

Pg. 48, Col. 1:  To start your day, "kleina", a sort of sweet bread and a cup of coffee could neither be a tastier nor more economical meal.

Pg. 52:  As the ancient Icelandic proverb says, "ale is a different man."

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