ATG Quirkies: Texas Means Crazy In Norwegian

by | May 22, 2018 | 0 comments

If you’re a fan of offbeat linguistic phenomenon you’ll be interested in this post by Laurel Stvan, Associate Professor and Chair of Linguistics, University of Texas Arlington.  According to Professor Stvan “in Norway, the word “Texas” is slang for “crazy.

Indeed, it turns out that for several years Norwegians have used the word to describe a situation that is chaotic, out of control or excitingly unpredictable (The crowd at the concert last night was totally Texas!).”

The post goes on to explain that “while this may seem like a bit of a stretch to many American English speakers, when examined through the lens of linguistics it’s actually a pretty natural extension of the word Texas

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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