English Training: Why was Greenland named as such even though it has no vegetation?
By Vincent C. Torrieri
English Training News
This morning I was listening to an Italian radio station where the yahoo announcers were commenting on Greenland and tried to propagate the ludicrous claim by Trump that Global Warming is a Chinese hoax and that the melting of Greenland is all “normal” since Greenland is called so because it was once a rich, green forest.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The name Greenland comes from the Scandinavian settlers vis-a-vis, the Vikings! In the Norse sagas, it is said that Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland for “murder.”
Thus, Erik the Red set out in ships to find new lands. After settling upon the northern shores, he named it Ginfland (Greenland), possible to attract more settlers. Greenland was also called Gruntland (Ground-land) on early maps.
Over 80 percent of Greenland is covered in ice, but its grass was probably greener back in the summer of A.D. 982., when Erik the Red first landed on the island.
Scientists estimate that the melting of Greenland’s ice sheet will mean a rise in six meters (20 feet) of the world’s sea level.
Trump – Greenland ain’t for sale!