November 21, 2016
slalom (noun)
\SLAH-lum\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : skiing in a zigzag or wavy course between upright poles2 : a skiing race against time over such a course
How do you use it?
It was Joe's big dream to win the slalom at the Olympics, so he practiced every chance he got.
Are you a word wiz?

As you probably already know, English gets lots of its words from other languages. Which of the following languages do you think is the one that gave us "slalom"?

Norwegian is spoken in Norway, a country in Northern Europe that is at about the same latitude as Alaska. This means that it gets lots of snow, like Alaska does, which makes Norway the perfect place for "slalom." "Slalom" means literally "sloping track." We can see evidence of Norway's weather in other words that we have gotten from the language, like "ski," "telemark," a turn in skiing, and probably "iceberg." Still others tell us more about the nature of Norway. "Fjord," "narwhal," and probably "floe" also share Norwegian origin.
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