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norwegian words are hard to spell. this is a simple, but effective fact, and as it might indicate, they are impossible to pronounce. norwegian words, and their unique difficulty, were first discovered in 862 by skrog the deadly, a viking, when asked to write down his name in order to get his longship license.
with skrog's initial insight, the field rapidly took off, and over the next few decades saw significant growth, with the invention of words such as odelsting, fylkesmann, and fjord.
early efforts, however, depended largely on making words longer and longer. increasingly, students began to complain of writer's cramp, and it was soon clear that new approaches had to be developed. suitably, skrog the deadly passed just as many began to reach this conclusion - he had been loyal to more original techniques to the very end.
with it clear that mashing 37 letters together was simply out of the question, norwegians began to search for new methods with which to devise terrible and difficult words. for a while there was debate of inventing new letters, but this was quickly shelved due to national pride, when they discovered the russians had already invented every possible new letter.
eventually, skilarrgqewr, a godson of skrog, realized that a solution lay in the fact that certain letters were usually used near other letters (in english, for example, q is often followed by u, except on riced out yugo). skilarrgqewr's insight was that, by placing letters near each other in novel ways, even masters of then-difficult norwegian words could be thrown for a loop.
the concept caught on immediately, and this era has long been known as a golden age of norwegian, with the invention of such words as Nynorsk, Bjqrnstjerne, and kmawkrl
in our next lesson, we will compare the norwegian participle explosion to early growth of the microprocessor industry.
Posted by Reverend Tedward Q. Porktanker