Ljósmóðir and Bergmál voted the most beautiful words of the Icelandic language

For the past few weeks, Icelanders have been voting online for the most beautiful word of their language. The results were announced tonight. The Icelandic word for a midwife, Ljósmóðir, was voted the most beautiful. When translated to English, the word literally means “mother of light”.

Other words that got a lot of votes were:
Bergmál – Echo (literally Language of the rocks)
Spékoppar – Cheek dimples
Einstök – Unique

Photo by Samuel John

Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of bookiceland.co.uk. He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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