New Word of the Year in Norway: Fremmedkriger

Last year, a number of new words have been invented in some languages, but few of them have been adopted commonly. The Week chose top 13 of those new words. Norwegian word, fremmedkriger tops the list. 

The Norwegian Language Council had already named fremmedkriger, “foreign fighters,” the word of the year. It refers to people who travel to another country to fight in a conflict for ideological reasons. The term was in the news after it was discovered that a number of Norwegian citizens had gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS. It won out over words like mobilnakke (“mobile neck,” pain from bad posture using mobile device), viral, emoji, and deleøkonomi (“sharing economy”).

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