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nafnakalli

English translation: calling out of names

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Icelandic term or phrase:nafnakall
English translation:calling out of names
Entered by: SeiTT
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14:53 Jan 14, 2004
Icelandic to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Icelandic term or phrase: nafnakalli
Hi,

I'm really not sure what's going on here - some old Icelandic tradition or something? Special names adopted by dancers? Intriguing!

All the best,

Simon


104:19 María sá vel hvað henni leið. Hún beið þess með óþreyju,
104:20 að Jón dansaði við hana. Loks kom röðin að henni í
104:21 "nafnakalli". Það var alltaf siður, að Jón héti tilkomumesta
104:22 nafninu. Það var nefnt eftir fornaldarhetjum. María
104:23 átti að nefna. Hún nefndi sjálfa sig Jökul. Það myndi
104:24 honum líka verða gefið. Og það varð. Þau fóru út á gólfið.
SeiTT
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:05
the calling of names
Explanation:
This must be a game of some sort, possibly to make sure everyone will not dance all the dances with the same person. Since so little detail is given I can only assume that the author expected the readers to know the game.

The dictionary meaning of "nafnakall" is "the calling of names" as in a vote or head count.

(I'll check a reference book I have at home when I get off from work.)

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Note added at 2004-01-14 19:34:57 (GMT)
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Sorry, didn\'t find any references to this game.
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JoGunn
Local time: 02:05
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many thanks Jo, and also for trying to find info on what must be an extremely obscure subject in this day and age.
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the calling of names


Explanation:
This must be a game of some sort, possibly to make sure everyone will not dance all the dances with the same person. Since so little detail is given I can only assume that the author expected the readers to know the game.

The dictionary meaning of "nafnakall" is "the calling of names" as in a vote or head count.

(I'll check a reference book I have at home when I get off from work.)

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Note added at 2004-01-14 19:34:57 (GMT)
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Sorry, didn\'t find any references to this game.

JoGunn
Local time: 02:05
Native speaker of: Native in IcelandicIcelandic
PRO pts in pair: 27
Grading comment
many thanks Jo, and also for trying to find info on what must be an extremely obscure subject in this day and age.
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