Traits, rôles and other repurposed terms

Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker ilmari at
Sun Feb 10 15:54:10 GMT 2008

"Philip Newton" <philip.newton at> writes:

> On Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 12:02 PM, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker
> <ilmari at> wrote:
>>  unlike those crazy Germans we don't
>>  capitalise common nouns in the middle of sentences
> ...any more.
> AFAIK, Danish did so until 1948. Not sure about Norwegian, though
> given the influence Danish had there it wouldn't surprise me to learn
> they had that crazy habit, too.

The first Norwegian language reform was in 1862, but the capitalised
nouns weren't dropped until 1877 (according to the Norwegian Wikipedia
page on Knud Knudsen (the father of Bokmål (one of the two official
written forms of Norwegian (the other being Ivar Aasen's Nynorsk)))).

ilmari - brackets are fun
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