Tanums store rettskrivningsordbok

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Tanums store rettskrivningsordbok is a Norwegian dictionary. It was first published by the publishing house Johan Grundt Tanums forlag in 1940 as Norsk Rettskrivningsordbok. The 9th and latest edition was published in 2005.

Initial edition[edit]

The work was initiated by philologist Jakob Sverdrup in 1936, who edited the dictionary until his death in 1938.[1] After his death linguist and educator Marius Sandvei took over the responsibility as editor.[2] The first edition of the dictionary was published in 1940 by the publishing house Johan Grundt Tanums forlag, with the title Norsk Rettskrivningsordbok.[2]

Later editions[edit]

Later editions of the dictionary are called Tanums store rettskrivningsordbok, and are also referred to as Tanum or Sverdrup-Sandvei.[2] Co-editor from 1974 was Bernt Fossestøl, who died in 1988. Sandvei died in 1993.[3] Boye Wangensteen was responsible for the 8th edition from 1996.[3] He was also responsible for the 9th edition from 2005. The dictionary contains around 300,000 words, including compound words, foreign words, geographical names and technical terms.[1] The latest edition is updated according to the normative changes which were effective from 1 July 2005,[4][5] and is vetted by the Norwegian Language Council.[1] From 1983 the dictionary has been issued by the publishing house Kunnskapsforlaget,[1] along with other dictionaries such as Bokmålsordboka, Norsk ordbok and Norsk Riksmålsordbok, and the encyclopedia Store Norske Leksikon.[6] The dictionary is recommended by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture as a consultative help when making new official names of Governmental bodies, institutions or companies.[7] The dictionary has a long-term record as an important aid, almost a must, for solvers of crossword puzzles, and also for puzzle makers.[8] The 8th edition from 1996 was accompanied with a CD-ROM version of the dictionary. The electronic version was also included on the CD-ROM Norsk Språk, along with other dictionaries. The 1989 edition is notorious for being printed with an erroneous word-division in the title printed on the book's spine. [9]


  1. ^ a b c d Wangensteen, Boye, ed. (2005). Tanums store rettskrivningsordbok (in Norwegian) (9 ed.). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. ISBN 82-573-1226-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Vinje, Finn-Erik. "Marius Sandvei". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Wangensteen, Boye, ed. (1996). Tanums store rettskrivningsordbok (in Norwegian) (8 ed.). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. ISBN 82-573-0897-8. 
  4. ^ "Rettskrivningsendringer 2005". Språkrådet. 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rettskrivningsendringer fra 1. juli 2005" (PDF). Norsk Språkråd. May 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Historikk". Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Rundskriv V-11/2007. Språkfaglige konsultasjonsrutiner ved navnelaging i staten". Norwegian Ministry of Culture. 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Stien, Jan-Tore (ed.). "Ordbøker og leksika". Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Børsand, Amund (ed.). "Tanum bør lese sine egne bøker". Retrieved 13 April 2013.