Shetland Islands to Add Norse Roadsigns
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2003-03-01 06:33
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."