Concerned about the state of education? The Icelanders have come up with the solution – teach it by milk carton. Courtesy Ásta Andrésdóttir [wonder whose daughter she is]:
Instead of simply adopting new terms, such as computer, Internet and telephone, we have fun inventing new terms based on our existing vocabulary, oftentimes even recycling archaic words. The key rule is that that they comply with the complex declension system and grammatical rules. In Icelandic, a computer is tölva, the Internet is veraldarvefur; a telephone is sími.
So MS Dairies are conducting a poll via milk carton:
Schoolchildren nationwide have for example been asked to draw pictures inspired by proverbs, or write poetry about a particular theme. Selected examples have then decorated twenty million cartons each year. People can vote for their favorite translation from a list of Icelandic terms already in use.
For example, the term Facebook is listed with eight different Icelandic terms: Fésbók, flettismetti, andrit, fasbók, masbók, trýna, vinatorg and vinamót.
Just imagine – our friendly dairies could conduct a spelling lesson a day and before you know it, the young will be educated.