In Norwegian we put together words to make new words. We have a grammar rule for when to separate two words that together creates a meaning, and it goes like this:
Now thats quite easy to remember, so in Norwegian “grammar rule” is “grammatikkregel”, “rubber tire” is “gummidekk” and “guitar buddies” is “gitarkameratene”.
For quite a while Norwegian press has referred to a band as “de nye gitarkameratene”. The musicians first using the name “Gitarkameratene” now reacts to this, claiming that it’s disrespectful to use this word that they “invented”.
For me, I have a problem with this. I mean, if the word was something like “Kraputtvoltgitarkameratene”, surely, this *IS* a new word, but just putting together two common words, creating another common word is something we all *should* be doing according to Norwegian grammar rules, hence such a word can not be owned by anyone.
To make sure this kind of stupid debate rises once again in the future I wrote a small script to fix this.
for i in $(cat words.txt) ; do for j in $(cat words.txt) ; do echo $i$j done done
I ran the script on a Norwegian dictionary, but I didn’t bother to remove all the double words first, so many entries are now put together by 3 or 4 words.
Anyway the output file is about 2TB, so I can’t post it here, but if anyone can lend me some server space, I’ll publish this new word list on the conditions that everyone can use any word in this list as they want forever.
– But I will always know that I created many of these words first 🙂