Weird Icelandic words are a Twitter sensation

Some Icelandic phrases are so bizarre that they're causing a ...

Some Icelandic phrases are so bizarre that they're causing a worldwide sensation. Photo/AFP

 Foreigners seem intrigued by the fact that Icelandic has a special word for weather called window weather (gluggaveður). The word has been a popular subject internationally on Twitter where Icelanders are praised for inventing a word that describes weather which only looks good seen from a window but is not so good if you actually go outside. 

The Sunday edition of Morgunblaðið features an entertaining article on Icelandic words that foreigners find both bizarre and useful. Here are some of the words causing a Twitter sensation. 

Typical Icelandic "gluggaveður" - looks pretty when you look at ...

Typical Icelandic "gluggaveður" - looks pretty when you look at it from inside through a window. Mbl.is/ Ómar Óskarsson

1. "Gluggaveður"

The word gluggaveður has appeared on Twitter regularly since 2008 with many people wondering whether Icelanders have more words on things other nations have no words for. 

2. "Snyrting" 

The fact that English word "toilet" is translated as "snyrting" in Icelandic has caused some amusement on Twitter. The word "snyrting" actually means "grooming". 

 "snyrting"= facial OR toilet... The opportunities for misunderstandings are boundless.

— Lisa M 

The word snyrting is a word that means "grooming" or ...

The word snyrting is a word that means "grooming" or even "facial". Photo: Mbl.is

3. "Leðurblökumaðurinn" 

The Icelandic translation of Batman is quite a tongue-twister. In Iceland Batman is called "Leðurblökumaðurinn". Easier to just flash the Bat-signal.

 - Patrick von Sychowski

Leðurblökumaðurinn is the name of this famous fictional character in ...

Leðurblökumaðurinn is the name of this famous fictional character in Icelandic. Photo/ mbl.is

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