One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of Norse formerly spoken in the Orkney and Shetland Islands and some other parts of northern Scotland but largely extinct by the 19th century.
- ‘In the recently acquired Orkney and Shetland islands there was a fourth, Norn, a dialect of Norwegian.’
- ‘By 1200, however, Scandinavian (also referred to as Danish, Old Danish, Norse, Old Norse) had ceased to be spoken in England, but survived elsewhere: for example, as Norn in Orkney and Shetland.’
Relating to Norn.
- ‘The Norn dialects of Orkney and Shetland, Glaswegian and Highland English are all variably non-standard.’
From Old Norse norrœn ‘Norn, northern’, from northr ‘north’.
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