What does it mean?
Vors is a slang term and shortening of vorspiel, which means pre-party. So the English equivalent would be pre-drinks/pre’s or pre-game, depending on which side of the Atlantic Ocean you hail from.
Vorspiel, or vors now that we’re cool and colloquial, typically refers to drinking or gathering before a social occasion or night out on the town.
Vors is very common before a lot of nights out. If after a night out you want to keep the party going, then you can have a nachspiel (after-party).
The word has its origins in German.
Why do I need to know this?
Not only will it make you sound more like a local when you use it, but the word can also tell us a little about the drinking culture in Norway.
The first thing it tells us is that Norwegians enjoy letting their hair down because they gather and drink to warm up for a night out drinking. Compared to other cultures, Norwegians typically drink less frequently, but they’ll drink quite a lot when they do.
For many, vors isn’t just a fun pre-party to meet up to chat over a few drinks or get into the mood for going out, it also serves a more frugal purpose.
Alcohol is expensive in Norway (I’m sure you’ve heard), and a full night out will place a considerable drain on your wallet, which is why people will meet up and drink a bit before they go out to save a bit of money.
Use it like this?
Vi møtes for et vors i huset hans
(We are meeting at his house for pre-drinks)
Kommer du på vors på fredag?
(Are you coming to pre’s on Friday?)