Germany's Longest Word Is No More
The 65-character tongue-twister has been taken off the books
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 3, 2013 3:37 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A tweak to state laws in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to conform with current EU regulations has caused an unexpected casualty: the longest word in the German language. The Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz is no more. The "law delegating beef label monitoring" was introduced by the state in 1999 as part of measures against mad cow disease. But the dpa news agency reported today the law was removed from the books last week because European Union regulations have changed.

German still has words like the very robust Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaenswitwe to fall back on—meaning "widow of a Danube steamboat company captain." Dpa reports such words have been so rarely used, however, that they're not in the dictionary. There the honor falls to Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung: automobile liability insurance.

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Mr_Joshua
Jun 3, 2013 6:10 PM CDT
This is the longest word in Welsh. It's actually the name of a place. Imagine being drunk as shite one night and trying to tell the taxi driver where to take you. Driver, I live at.....ah what the fuvk, just drive. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch It is pronounced: ?anvair?pu?gw??n?g???go?g?r???w?rn?drobu???ant???siljo?gogo'go?? And you can call me...............Mr Joshua
finkster
Jun 3, 2013 5:28 PM CDT
I'm glad the word:....Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious...still exists.... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of itIs something quite atrocious If you say it loud enoughYou'll always sound precocious Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay Um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay
StevieGee
Jun 3, 2013 4:45 PM CDT
The next word to go should be antidisestablishmentarianism. It's riddled with prefixeoredundancies and is also hypersuffixeocentric.