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Culture Round-Up: ‘Superspreder’ and ‘rambutan’ enter Danish Dictionary

Ayee Macaraig
June 17th, 2020


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The Danish Dictionary gets an update with entries on pandemic vocabulary and gastronomic finds. Meanwhile, people in Denmark are ditching leaky tents to go glamping

The tropical fruit rambutan is among the additions to this year’s update of the Danish Dictionary (photo: Pixabay/falco)

Coronavirus coinages and pandemic-inspired words  have left a lingering taste in Danes’ mouths with the addition of 634 new words in the Danish Dictionary.

Words like ‘flokimmunitet’ (herd immunity) and ‘superspreder’ (superspreader) are just some of the new entries that will be available from Friday on ordnet.dk following an update of the Danish Dictionary, according to Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab.

The virus that upended Danish society also spawned ‘infektionsrate’ (infection rate), ‘pandemisk’ (pandemic) and ‘forsamlingsforbud’ (assembly ban).

Faraway kitchens
Turning to less gloomy vocabulary, words from distant kitchens also figure in the update with words such as ‘rambutan’ (tropical fruit), ‘focaccia’ and ‘chilimayo’.

Closer to home, new entries include ‘friskpillet’ (freshly-peeled) and ‘kernerugbrød’ (kernel rye bread).

Ordnet.dk includes the Danish Dictionary and has 130,000 daily visitors. It is one of Denmark’s most visited cultural websites.


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