Accident On Miklabraut
02 Friday Aug 2013
Written by Mark in Icelandic
A short article about a minor traffic accident near the Kringlan mall in Reykjavik yesterday contained several interesting vocabulary words. Nobody was seriously hurt, and it sounds like some fence got the worst of it. It’s not too difficult a read, and I looked up almost all of the words, so go for it!
Ók á grindverk á Miklubraut
Drove into fence on Miklubraut
Árekstur varð á Miklubraut við gatnamót Kringlumýrarbrautar rétt fyrir klukkan 17 í dag. Fólksbíll keyrði út af götunni á skil milli gatna og lenti á grindverki.
An accident occurred on Miklubraut at the intersection with Kringlumýrarbraut just before 5pm today. A passenger car drove off the road onto the median between roads and crashed into the fencing.
This is another article where both verbs for drive are seen – aka and keyra. Remember that aka takes the dative case, and keyra the accusative.
You see the word mót (meeting, gathering) a lot in words where it indicates the end of something, but the literal meaning is where things meet. Good examples are
mánaða·mót – end of the month
ára·mót – New Year’s
alda·mót – turn of the century
So it basically means the time when the month/year/century meet, which could be thought of as the end of one or the beginning of the next. In this article we find the word gatna·mót – the place where the streets meet….so…intersection 🙂
Bíllinn ók í vesturátt en aðdragandi slyssins er óljós. Einn var fluttur á slysadeild, en að sögn slökkviliðsins í Reykjavík eru áverkar hans minniháttar.
The car was driving west but the events leading up to the accident are unclear. One person was taken to the emergency room, but according to the fire department in Reykjavik his injuries are minor.
The word vesturátt is interesting – there seem to be similar words with átt for each compass direction, but also a variant using the -an (motion from) adverbial form that takes on the meaning of a wind blowing from that direction:
vestur·átt – western direction
vestan·átt – westerly wind
austur·átt – eastern direction
austan·átt – easterly wind
suður·átt – southern direction
sunnan·átt – southerly wind
norður·átt – northern direction
norðan·átt – northerly wind
According the the BÍN site, minniháttar is often written as two separate words – minni háttar. Also, it looks like it doesn’t decline.
aka v (dat) drive grind (f) fence, trellis á·rekstur (m) collision, crash verða v happen, take place gatna·mót (n) pl crossing, intersection skil (n) pl division, line of demarcation, boundary lenda v (dat) land, end up, hit átt (f) direction, point of the compass að·dragandi (m) antecedents, events leading up to slys (n) accident ó·ljós adj unclear, vague, blurred slysa·deild (f) emergency room á·verki (m) wound minni·háttar adj minor