Germany says goodbye to an old friend.   6 comments

The longest word in the German language is about to disappear! That’s right grab a hanky and wave goodbye to ‘Germany’s longest word – Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz’ because soon, all too soon some say, the 63-letter long title of a law regulating the testing of beef, will officially ceased to exist.

“How can they do that?” One might ask and the reply probably would be, “what do you mean?” “Be daft enough to have a language that allows a word that is 63 letters in length or just get rid of a word overnight?”

And the answer would be! “Who cares?” This Cat is confident that the drawn hankies will only be used to wave goodbye and not need tumble drying after saying cheerio to this bizarre word, because all of the eyes in the audience will be dry.

Here is a reward for trying to get your tongue round this idiot of a noun ‘Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz’a picture of something you probably would prefer to get your tongue around, to say nothing of your teeth into!

Beef

I am confident that this juicy chunk of “Rindfleisch” pictured above (or beef steak to us normal people) was fully inspected and approved by the people working under the ‘Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz’law.

Happily the longest word ever to have been dreamed up by the tortured minds of the Germans ‘Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft’ is no longer used, which is not to say that the ‘Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft’ or ‘Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services.’ has ceased to exist they just call themselves the ‘ASOHOMDSES’ it is for you dear reader to decide if that is better than an 80 letter word of course.

Mark Twain was right when he said that. “Some German words are so long that they have a perspective.”

All of which makes us English speakers just a little wanting in the long lettered word stakes the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary is ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’ and at a mere 45 letters is a bit pathetic especially when you know that a word that was ‘created’ especially to describe a disease and didn’t enter the language in the way that ‘normal’ words do.

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6 responses to “Germany says goodbye to an old friend.

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  1. Most frustrating word I learned in Spanish is Con Su Permismo…translates “Please Excuse Me.”.. I try to say tht while I move medium size pallets, carts through the sales floor at my work. 🙂

    • Mmmh that is a tough one. I like Spain (so much more than German tee hee) and the longest word I know of in Spanish is superextraordinarísimamente (superextraordinarily in English) which proudly boasts 27 letters, however sadly i have never heard anyone use it, which is odd because it is the perfect adverb to describe my books or “masterpieces of feline literature” as they are referred to rather often.

      I am guessing that you use a small barrow or forklift to “move medium size pallets, carts through the sales floor at my work” you don’t heft them on to your back, mind you if you did I bet you wouldn’t have to say “excuse me” in any language because people would hurry out of your way.

      So what things do you sell at work? It sounds interesting! Well to a curious Cat anyway.

      Purrs,

      The Cat

  2. What is the use of words that long when you don’t get that many tiles in a scrabble game? BTW I’ll have my steak rare please… very rare… in fact, straight off the cow will be just fine.

    • Agreed on the Scrabble front. Regarding the matter of the Steak, maybe we should go hunting? You can do all of the hot hard work, I’ll hold your collar and help you eat it! Deal?

  3. @Teagan. Rare..Steak tartar…nah.i would make my steak medium. Add onion,garlic, salt, pepper,Korean hot sauce.Eat with rice w/o soy sauce. One of my Texas friend eats white rice that way..Kind of yukkkie. @Cat..hi (from a distance) don’t eat me….jk lol

    • Yummy I like anything Korean but then my translators wife is Korean so I would say that wouldn’t I, with the exception of Chimchi which in my humble (who an I kidding) opinion is a little exotic for my taste. I like Steak Tartar but I have to say that Teagan’s suggestion for meat very recent on the hoof – as it were – sounds enticing!

      Talking about strange ways to eat white rice, I have a friend who was bulimic poor soul and she used to eat white rice with sour cream, I tried that – the dish not the bulimia you understand and it was really rather good, sadly I haven’t found anyone to share my indulgence since we lost touch, but very occasionally I will have it all to myself.

      Talking of rice who likes Rice Pudding made with milk and cream of course – divine! I am putting on pounds just writing about all this food and so I am going to stop right there. Have a great day Regina and thanks for the inspiration Teagan.

      Purrs,

      The Cat

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