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A narrow area of sea between high cliffs, typically in Norway and Iceland. Norwegian “fiord” < Old Norse “fjorthr.”

To stay out of sight, often in a sinister or cowardly way. Scandinavian in origin, c.f. Norwegian “skulka”=lurk.

Ski-based downhill race between strategically placed poles. Norwegian “slalam” < “sla”=sloping + “lam”=track.

Laughing coarsely or scornfully. Middle English “fleer”=to grimace < Scandinavian c.f. Norwegian/Danish “flira”=to grin.

Large sea monster, alleged to live close to Norway. Norwegian “kraken” < ?Old Danish “krake”=broken tree trunk (Kraken’s appearance)

To drive with the cry ‘hurrish!’ or ‘hurroosh!’ ?Middle High German “hurren”=to whir; same as Norwegian “hurra,” Icelandic “hurr.”

Being short and stout or plump. Uncertain origin but c.f. Swedish dialect “sqvabbig”=flabby; Norwegian “sqvabb”=a soft wet mass.

Collection of foxes (1450), or any group that skulks. From Norwegian “skulka”=lurk or Danish “skulke”/Swedish “skolka”=shirk.