Ankle-biter, bean counter, bookworm, first lady and tree hugger are some examples of modern English kennings. Battle-sweat, swan of blood, whale's way, sky-candle and blood-ember are some examples of traditional or old English kennings.Continue Reading
Kennings are figurative expressions that replace names. Kennings are usually compound, comprised of two or more words used to replace a single word.
An ankle-biter is a kenning for a child. Bean counter means an accountant, and a tree hugger is an environmentalist.
Kennings are a form of circumlocution commonly used in old Norse poetry. Their origins lay in Old English, Old Icelandic, Danish and German. Battle-sweat is a Norse kenning for blood, and whale's way was used in "Beowulf" as a kenning for the sea.Learn more about Education