Meaning and Non-Meaning

I’M AT THE MakingWeb conference in Oslo, Norway. Nearly all of the presentations here have been in English, but the one I’m listening to now is in Norwegian, a language of which I speak not a word. The ambient flow of phonemes teases my jet lag and makes my lids heavy. Yet each time I am about to drift off, a name or phrase I know leaps from the sea of foreign syllables, awakening me with a sudden shiver of recognition:

Mobile First, Norwegian Norwegian Norwegian. Teehan + Lax, Norwegian Norwegian Norwegian. Responsive Design, Norwegian Norwegian.

By Jeffrey Zeldman

“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek.

Designer at Automattic, Inc. Co-Founder, An Event Apart. Publisher, A List Apart & A Book Apart. Author. Father. He/him.