Friday, February 24, 2012

A word I first heard in Scotland

In Scotland people refer to a church as a kirk. I wondered about this and found that it seems to be a loan word from old Norse.

It shows how far and wide the Viking languages' influence can still be felt. Today the Danes use the word kirke and pronounce it not too dissimilar from the Scots.

This photo shows the St. Alban's Anglican Church in Copenhagen. This is the only Anglican church in Denmark and affectionately known locally as “The English Church".