Have you been feeling hale and
hearty recently. Good! Did you know that "hale" comes from the old
Norse word for "whole"? To be feeling "hale" then means to be
"whole," not a bad description for feeling well.
Another influence of the Norse are
the words, "they," "their" and "them." It's hard to imagine
English without them!
And, if you're not feeling well and
"crawl" home or "droop" in the heat or "scowl" at another driver,
you are using words borrowed from the Norse.
For more information see
List of English Words of Old Norse Origin.
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