Contest: 'How do you spell Epic' in Iceland?

Contest is closed! Thanks to all who contributed a word, some more than others :) . . . but, truly, there were some great linguistic efforts here, and we’d like to award the top five. This begins with Frēēfåłłîngwįthøütåcôršėtándłôvïńgevêrysįngłêsęcœnd, a solid piece of pseudo-Icelandic posted by Melissa Cox. Like it. Next up, the competing and similarly good májéstíclýæwésóméféll and BreaÞtakingfoss respectively by Jordan and Marko. Gus Frederick contributed “For such a long, stringy waterfall, what other name than: “Dentælfoss”. Last, a looong contribution and one that caught our eye from Michael Gray, was à Eppihvaðstórfurðulegurógnvekjandivatnafjalliðfossholamislandiacric, which he informs us roughly translates to “what a freaking awesome, epic mountain water hole waterfall in Iceland.” Well said.

Our final contest in the “Boot Up!” sweepstakes, sponsored by ECCO, launches today. Get your linguistics in order, as this contest will require creativity with Iceland’s native tongue.

No, we didn’t just smash the keyboard. That is actually an Icelandic word below, and it’s representative of the versatility of the Icelandic language, which has changed little in hundreds of years.

longest icelandic word.jpg

(For the record, this word, one of the longest in the language, means something like “Key ring of the key chain of the outer door to the storage tool shed of the road workers on the Vaðlaheiði plateau.” Whew!)

OK, contest instructions below the photo. . .

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To enter, exactly follow these three steps:

1) Get creative! Make up your own fictional “Icelandic word” to describe the photo above. (Your made-up word can be similar to the long example above or anything that tells us how you spell “epic” as it relates to this photo.)

2) Submit your imaginary word in the comments section below.

3) If you have not already, click the LIKE button above on this page and also go to the “Boot Up!” sweepstakes page to enter.

Prizes: The reader with the most funny and/or creative “Icelandic word” wins a pair of ECCO BIOM shoes (men’s and women’s options), a V.I.O camera ($600 value), and a custom GearJunkie Buff hat. Good luck!

Posted by Melissa cox - 10/30/2012 09:00 AM

Frēēfåłłîngwįthøütåcôršėtándłôvïńgevêrysįngłêsęcœnd

Posted by Chad - 10/30/2012 09:01 AM

Fókingáwésómé

Posted by Kevin Posey - 10/30/2012 09:03 AM

My word: Ijskraken

Posted by Jenny Gonzales - 10/30/2012 09:04 AM

Is EPIC same. but I think this pic is stórkostlegu!!!! : ) I want to really win this, one of my dream places!!!

Posted by Tricia Andrews - 10/30/2012 09:06 AM

My word is Fjailmcrakin

Posted by Jennifer Kennedy - 10/30/2012 09:06 AM

Fallstunnin

Posted by Lane - 10/30/2012 09:07 AM

Staðurþarsemjörðinopnarkyngjaána

Posted by Andrew Dolson - 10/30/2012 09:12 AM

Jötunnfallegktfrysturhjartaklúfaland

Posted by Christina Meade - 10/30/2012 09:14 AM

ÉgstafaEpicégvilvirkilegaaðvinnakeppninaaðlokumaðskoðalandiðþarsemvatnmætirhiminnogmaðurhefuri-tnógaðþakkaogekkisprengja

Posted by Charles Cleary - 10/30/2012 09:15 AM

trytoppingthisrestoftheworldwedareyouvaralykla

Posted by JoMo - 10/30/2012 09:18 AM

Fallegháleitstórkostlegtheillandiglæsilegum

Posted by Tara Villanueva - 10/30/2012 09:19 AM

JaopiabrottforesEPICA

Posted by Matt Meade - 10/30/2012 09:24 AM

landiþarsemmóðireðlisýnirbrillancehennar

Posted by Sunna Furstenau - 10/30/2012 09:27 AM

jökaljómafoss

Posted by Joyce Shepherd - 10/30/2012 09:41 AM

dularfullatoppuraftheveröldleiðgleymtlengimeð- mannisemhugrakkirVikingskipvorugleyptviðsjóinn-aðeinsreimergeáréttrileiðtilaðbyrjaferðirtilað -ráðaöllumþeimlöndum

Posted by pam i - 10/30/2012 09:41 AM

moiboccearemacoiveiknujraeg

spells what backwards?

Posted by Sheri McLaughlin - 10/30/2012 09:45 AM

stöðva og lykta rósir foss – Daóodlesofvaterfoss

Posted by Ryan Billman - 10/30/2012 09:51 AM

ryftaspalnasiashmaltadongapurrfalls

Posted by Tina Albrecht - 10/30/2012 09:59 AM

inngangurtilhiminsájörðu

Posted by Sean - 10/30/2012 10:00 AM

Þorwattirgjósiklæðaminttur

Posted by Gus Frederick - 10/30/2012 10:02 AM

For such a long, stringy water fall, what other name than: “Dentælfoss”

Posted by Cathy C. - 10/30/2012 10:09 AM

eestraaeeppiccagelopollus

Posted by HulkHogan - 10/30/2012 10:14 AM

Fyrirgefðu, hvar er klósettið?

Posted by Jake - 10/30/2012 10:27 AM

telforzofetborjm

Posted by Nicholas C. - 10/30/2012 10:54 AM

Majikundwunderfoss

Posted by Eric Peddle - 10/30/2012 10:54 AM

Jksaqumxlse-rswdetkhb

Posted by Regina Bowling - 10/30/2012 11:00 AM

Bob

Posted by Warren Britton - 10/30/2012 11:04 AM

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhthatscrazyscary!!!

Posted by Krissy - 10/30/2012 11:07 AM

withhandsoficeIpluckapieceofthesmokeyzauremywelkinwhiteastheskyglidesupontheturmultuousfrothcascadingthroughrivenstoneremmantsofanaesir-vanirstrife.

Posted by day Rudolf - 10/30/2012 11:08 AM

aichtuohaawwsum

Posted by Steve Bennett - 10/30/2012 11:09 AM

Magnaðir-FRJÓSA-aftanfjarlægja!

Posted by Molly C. - 10/30/2012 11:15 AM

Æphýik

Posted by Anna Maria - 10/30/2012 11:15 AM

Mindblásaepicsoulhristafinnsteinsogþúertáannarriplánetufoss

Posted by Derek Peace - 10/30/2012 11:20 AM

Smaegundsmorjukluipodkdorsk

Posted by Bryan Clements - 10/30/2012 11:21 AM

ósnortið

Posted by Tiara Adams - 10/30/2012 11:22 AM

ótrúlegafalleg

Posted by Mike Hafner - 10/30/2012 11:24 AM

whéréísállthéwátérgóíng

Posted by Carrie G. - 10/30/2012 11:26 AM

Awesomfoss. (get it? Cause foss=waterfall in Icelandic. Ya, I know I’m awesomfoss too)

Posted by Lindsay - 10/30/2012 11:28 AM

Definitely will need to be this:
HáúntįngFrēēzįngBêáuty

Posted by Terri McMillan - 10/30/2012 11:29 AM

Awesomeadrenalinerushingepicicelandadventuredorsk

Posted by Lyn Michael - 10/30/2012 11:36 AM

hvítur litur hjarta spjátrungur

Posted by Tim Ahlstrom - 10/30/2012 11:39 AM

Placewheretheworldrinkswhatwasoncefrozen.

Posted by Richard Muldoon - 10/30/2012 11:43 AM

fljótandiskrefþrumuveðriafguði

Posted by Emily C - 10/30/2012 11:50 AM

hgsde2vhjdffdhbjk – sometimes things are just too epic to do anything but smash your keyboard and book a flight to Iceland.

Posted by Kelly Keith - 10/30/2012 11:50 AM

what immediately came to mind for me? colossalfoss!

Posted by John Loose - 10/30/2012 11:57 AM

Fossgasm

Posted by Kristin Troska - 10/30/2012 12:11 PM

Epicki Lodowaty Wodospady

Posted by Val Kowalewich - 10/30/2012 12:12 PM

Mjögflottfrystvatncreviceógnvekjandi

Posted by Dan - 10/30/2012 12:22 PM

ÞegarSandykemurhérskautavið.

Posted by Michael Gray - 10/30/2012 12:43 PM

Eppihvaðstórfurðulegurógnvekjandivatnafjalliðfossholamislandiacric – roughly translates to “what a freaking awesome, epic mountain water hole waterfall in Iceland”

Posted by koy enriquez - 10/30/2012 12:47 PM

my word: Holllybbeejeezzzousssthatsallottoffeeppiccawatertthherashhhingg!!

Posted by Amanda - 10/30/2012 12:51 PM

Eddaísgjáoðr!

Posted by Eric Robison - 10/30/2012 12:54 PM

ísHeilagleikiútiguði

Google Translate: “ís Heilagleiki úti guði”

Posted by Chad Januskiewicz - 10/30/2012 01:10 PM

ǭuod-abominorVulgușdesideȱincitusǷrospeculorhǚcofřeverenduśconspectus-Ǝpicusvalidusƒluviusaɱirusformositasańdmaiestas

Latenglisheese for:
God Forbid the People sit Idle unmoved to explore this place of awesome, remarkable, epic, powerful flowing water of astonishing beauty and grandeur!

Posted by Zach Wist - 10/30/2012 01:53 PM

Mðksvüpfłåppøøør! = Epic!

Posted by Bri - 10/30/2012 01:58 PM

Glacieriver

Posted by Andy Odell - 10/30/2012 02:00 PM

grárblárgrænnfljótthvíturofanáhjartaáheim

greybluegreenquicklywhiteontopofheartofworld

Posted by Jason Veraldi - 10/30/2012 02:12 PM

Watergodowntheholeeeee

Posted by Chad McDonald: Í Fallegt Fólk - 10/30/2012 02:39 PM

EvelKnievelmyndistökkvaþettaáNinjameðþotapakkiogíkornafötlandþaðogþáfaratilísbaríReykjavíkEðadeyja.

Translation:
Evel Knievel would jump this on a ninja with a jet pack and squirrel suit land it and then go to the ice bar in Reykjavík. Or die.

No kidding that’s really the translation, look it up! Show me the camera!

Posted by Marc - 10/30/2012 02:52 PM

Oooooo,buuuuffff,fiuuuuu

Posted by Lars - 10/30/2012 02:56 PM

Absolutely porchittencoffeeish

Posted by Jennifer - 10/30/2012 03:16 PM

Efallirbjugguástöðumeinsogþessiværiengin

MEANS:

IFEVERYONELIVEDINPLACESLIKETHISTHEREWOULDBENOWAR

Posted by Marcin Zielinski - 10/30/2012 03:43 PM

waterfallus beautifullus erectus icelandus

Posted by Tina Ciarametaro - 10/30/2012 03:53 PM

Aðeinsþeirsemtrúagetainníheimparadís

Posted by Jo Cranford - 10/30/2012 03:56 PM

Beautifoss!

Posted by larz44 - 10/30/2012 04:25 PM

Stormur Sandy mætir New York borgar neðanjarðar

Posted by Roger Spence - 10/30/2012 04:26 PM

Aqualicious!

Posted by Camilia M. Oh - 10/30/2012 07:01 PM

öflugurvatnsemerhressandiogháværmeðfalleguútsýnisvolítiðhættulegtogfrábær

Posted by Charlie Brush - 10/30/2012 08:08 PM

Kristínartindarepicskaftafell

Posted by DALLAS DAIGLE - 10/30/2012 08:42 PM

epicandfantasticwaterandiceshowingthebeautyandpowerofnatureinicelandcomeandseeitsbeautyvisiticelandtoday!

Posted by Marko - 10/31/2012 12:12 AM

BreaÞtakingfoss

Posted by Stacey Cohen - 10/31/2012 02:59 AM

Stórfurðulegurótrúlegt

Posted by Milan Bezbradica - 10/31/2012 07:35 AM

Epicyjafjallajökull

Posted by John Turner - 10/31/2012 09:25 AM

rambunctious

Posted by Gillian Smith - 10/31/2012 09:51 AM

Schplaschicrashiroarus

Posted by roger chesney - 10/31/2012 10:48 AM

fromesovaterovedeclifhangeouttawidme.

Posted by Jordan - 10/31/2012 12:24 PM

májéstíclýæwésóméféll

Posted by Alison Barr - 10/31/2012 12:39 PM

Sprungaháreinsogóður

Posted by Petrina Cordes - 10/31/2012 06:52 PM

Booma Deeta

Posted by Petrina Cordes - 10/31/2012 07:02 PM

Booma Detta

Posted by bob - 10/31/2012 09:45 PM

Gullfoss. Oh, wait I think thats taken. :-D

Posted by bob - 10/31/2012 09:47 PM

Sægullfoss.

Posted by Kate Turner - 11/01/2012 05:05 AM

Kanóræðarihakkavél

Posted by Marijo Player - 11/01/2012 08:09 AM

MérþykirþaðleittHræddurÉgeraðtalaumaðskitaáAlmannafæri

Posted by Crystal Glenn - 11/01/2012 08:49 AM

gloðifellæ

Posted by Mike Halsne - 11/01/2012 09:49 AM

Gaurtöfffossgaur

Posted by Pete Barr - 11/01/2012 10:15 AM

GuðSalerniskolun

Translates as Gods Flushing Toilet or Flushing Toilet of the Gods (I hope!).
But mis-translations can be fun

Posted by gina guido - 11/01/2012 11:35 AM

Takk Island, I posted my word on FB but here it is: Fangna Joro

Posted by LeeBo - 11/01/2012 12:05 PM

My word is Flæδklφ∩blkyu♂ which loosely translates to “manly hole in the ground where the ocean goes to die”

Posted by Allison - 11/01/2012 02:03 PM

Episteppifoss

Posted by Perry Ligon - 11/01/2012 02:04 PM

runschtovelociraptorific

Posted by Mike Hudson - 11/01/2012 02:12 PM

Èàrthchàsm

Posted by Karl Williams - 11/01/2012 02:15 PM

AnIslandOfDreamsAndWonder

Posted by eRIC - 11/01/2012 02:23 PM

LossForWordsThatCannotBeginToDescribe

Posted by Leighann Williams - 11/01/2012 02:24 PM

Galdrastafir vatn. ( magical water )

Posted by Karl Williams - 11/01/2012 02:31 PM

Astaðurinnþarsemvatnrennurmeðandaguðanna. ( a place where water runs with the spirits of the gods )

Posted by Toby Langley - 11/01/2012 02:34 PM

Ótrúlegafallegógnvekjandihvetjandieinsogallirstaðájörðinnisemégmyndisannarlegaelskaaðheimsækja (Incredibly beautiful awesome inspiring as any place on earth that I would truly love to visit)

Posted by Margaret Buchanan - 11/01/2012 02:42 PM

mi slice o himni

Posted by Leighann Williams - 11/01/2012 02:43 PM

Vatniðsemtalarmeðgnývíkinga. ( the water that speaks with the roar of the vikings )

Posted by Karl Williams - 11/01/2012 02:59 PM

Vatniðsemtalarmeðgnývíkinga ( falls of myth and wonder )

Posted by Susan Rushton - 11/01/2012 05:01 PM

margirvatirsky’foss

Posted by Stephen Martin - 11/01/2012 11:44 PM

Grænnísogfossa∂brennaogflæ∂aminánægja

Posted by Marilynn Fuller - 11/02/2012 02:41 PM

Riverofbluethunder

Posted by Ryan Leglu - 11/14/2012 10:34 AM

Joostalukelsveemminghule-a

Posted by Car - 11/29/2012 11:59 PM

You should call this photo – JealousAmericaninPennsylvania

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