Shetland Islands to Add Norse Roadsigns

The Shetland Council hopes to create bilingual roadsigns to celebrate their Viking heritage. Councilers on the Shetland Islands north of Scotland would like to add Norse translations to roadsigns as a way to celebrate their Norse heritage. The islands were ruled by Norway until 1469 when they became part of Scotland. Some of the translations may raise eyebrows including Leir-vik, which translates as Shit-creek. Shetland archivist Brian Smith, who has researched the Norse spellings, said: "These people tended to call a spade a spade."