Icelandic: tungl = moon [what is the etymology?]

Discussion in 'Nordic Languages' started by matakoweg, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. matakoweg Junior Member

    I just learned that moon is tungl in Icelandic while the mainland scandinavian languages have words related to moon: Danish måne.
    I was wondering where the Icelandic word come from.
     
  2. NoMoreMrIceGuy Senior Member

    Kallinge, Sweden
    Icelandic
    Well, it's also máni. Google 'tungl' and 'wiktionary'. Tungl is from Proto-Germanic and has simply not survived in the other languages.
     
  3. Lugubert Senior Member

    Göteborg
    Swedish
    You can find tungel in Swedish poetry or dialects, but it is almost extinct.
     

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