Kennings

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A kenning is a poetic phrase substituted for the usual name of a person or thing. The word is derived from the Old Norse phrase kenna eitt vio, "to express a thing in terms of another.", and is prevalent throughout Norse and Old English literature. For example, the sea in Old English was called the whale's road.