I was originally not gonna reply because I'm afraid I'll be too partial here (being a mod and all I really shouldn't be doing that, I think), but I just want to say this. Bokmål's... Not disfigured Danish. Calling it "disfigured" just leaves a really awful feeling. Yes, nynorsk is more Norwegian than bokmål is (considering it's based on dialects while bokmål is based on, uh, Danish of the 17th/18th century or so), but that doesn't make bokmål not Norwegian, nor does it make it disfigured
Would you call Mexican Spanish (and any other Latin American Spanish really) disfigured Castellano? Is Icelandic disfigured Old Norwegian? Is Finno-Swedish disfigured Swedish? Is Brazilian Portuguese disfigured European Portuguese? Is American English disfigured British English?
I don't know, I may be overreacting because of the linguistic situation I am in personally.
Also, nynorsk is not the real Norwegian
. All the thousands of Norwegian dialects are, individually. A written language that per definition can not and never is spoken by anyone ever is not a real language. That's like calling Latin the real Romance language, or Classical Chinese the real Chinese. Or rikssvenska the real Swedish, which, if you ask any Swede, is incorrect.
All that said! It's great that you guys like nynorsk; I prefer it to bokmål myself, and bokmål is my "main" written language (the one I was/am taught in school)! Hell, it's awesome that you like Norwegian at all! But please don't disregard bokmål as a mangled sort of Danish, that's all I'm saying!
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