Spelling

by Guest Blogger

July 20, 2005

A little note on the spelling of place names. As best I can, I am going

to try and stick with proper Greenlandic spelling for place names from

now on, but they won’t always match what’s in your home atlas. This is

possibly down to the simple fact that they don’t print a lot of atlases

here. Based on the different books and charts we do have on board there

are often a few different accepted ways of spelling Greenland place

names. Usually though, they will all be pretty close. For example, the

most common spelling I’ve seen for Kangerlussuaq is Kangerdlugsuaq.

I’ve also seen Kangerdlussuaq. Simple, right? Feel free to post a

comment if you have a question, or (God forbid) a spelling correction.

By the way, the word, Kangerlussuaq actually means, “big fjord” – a

description I certainly can’t argue with.

– Andrew

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