Barack Obama warlike? No, he's just an American president - TelegraphPerhaps it was the poll registering that a shade under one in five Americans believed he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Or maybe it was the churlish Norwegians who grumbled that he was not taking the time to break grovbrød with King Harald V, or perhaps dress up in traditional folk costume.
This is the first paragraph of an article from the Telegraph. I don't understand what the journalist was talking about.
Q1: What doesgrovbrød mean?
Q2: Why did the journalist say Norwegians are churlish?
Q3: Why did the journalist mention about King Harard V?
Q4: Did Obama dress up in traditional folk costume? Was it not appropriate to dress that outfit?
Could someone please help me out with these questions? Many thanks!
Anglika, thank you for your help. Is "grov brod" Norwegian? I don't find it via my dictionary.
It is Norwegian.
Having looked further at the background to this story, the problem was that it is the convention for Nobel prize winners to dine with the King. Obama rejected the usual invitation. Not perhaps the most diplomatic of moves, and certainly one that has upset the Norwegians.
Thank you very much for your help again.
Do you think most readers of the Telegraph, which is English, can understand 'coarse bread' in Norwegian?
No but they will understand the concept of failing to "break bread" with a host.