Norwegian word of the day: Døgnvill

That feeling you have when you get off the plane after a ten hour flight.

A blackboard with the word døgnvill on it.
If you've not had a lot of sleep and it feels like you are away with the fairies then you'll not what this word means. Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash/Nicolas Raymond

Why should I know this?

In these modern and international times we live in, it is most helpful to know an adjective in your adopted language to describe the overwhelming confusion that comes with traveling through different time zones.

What does it mean? 

Døgnvill is a word that is used to describe the state of confusion you are in when you don’t know what day or time it is. The closest English word translation to the adjective døgnvill is “disoriented”.

Most famously, døgnvill usually involves the mixed feelings of drowsiness, confusion, and jet lag that occurs after long hours, even days, of travel. 

However, you can also use it to describe your disorientation over long winter days with no light. Or when you leave your home for the first time after being sick for days. 

Døgnvill can be used in more formal conversation. So don’t be afraid to use it at work with your boss or in an email to colleagues. 

Norwegian synonyms of døgnvill

desorientert – disoriented 

forvirret – confused

Use it like this

Var det morgen eller kveld? Han ble snart døgnvill av alt dette.Was it morning or night? He quickly became confused by all of this.

Tomas var døgnvill, trett og lei. – Tomas was confused, tired and annoyed. 

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Norwegian word of the day: Brillefin

Did you just have a great day at work and order your favourite take-out for dinner? Brillefin!

Norwegian word of the day: Brillefin
If its all going your way, you can add this phrase to your vocabulary. Annie Spratt/Unsplash/Nicolas Raymond

Why do I need to know this? 

It’s always a plus to learn as many positive adjectives as you can when learning a new language. After all, who doesn’t love having a larger vocabulary when they rave about something wonderful? 

What does it mean?

Directly translated to English, brillefin means “wonderful” or “amazing”. There is no official explanation as to how this slang word developed. It first started showing up in Norwegian literature and started being spoken in the 1930’s. 

How do I use it?

Brillefin is often used in the middle of a sentence. It’s an expression that can be used in both casual and formal conversation. 

Brillefin isn’t an adjective that only describes tangible objects. Brillefint can also be used to describe an amazing or beautiful idea. 

Norwegian synonyms

svært fin – super nice

glimrende – brilliant

ypperlig – excellent