Off topic: Longest German word you have found
Thread poster: Daniel Frisano

Daniel Frisano
Monaco
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Jun 19, 2015

What's the longest German word you have come across? Mine is:

Durchflussmengenbestimmungseinrichtung

at least so far. 38 characters, and 9 words to translate it to Italian (dispositivo per la determinazione della quantità di flusso passante). Good thing I am charging by target word ...


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Jun 19, 2015

Welsh beats German every time

[Edited at 2015-06-19 10:38 GMT]


 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Floor sander rental shop Jun 19, 2015

long_german_words.jpg

[Edited at 2015-06-19 13:01 GMT]


 

Serena Basili  Identity Verified
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Gents, please ;) #MaoriOnTopOfTheWorld Jun 19, 2015

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

85 lettersicon_biggrin.gif

The longest German word I ever read was "Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän", but I also have to mention the remarkable "Schädlingsbekämpfungsmittel"icon_smile.gif
Was I so unlucky that still have to find a reasonably long technical word?icon_biggrin.gif


 

raptisi  Identity Verified
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Donau... Jun 19, 2015

Agree with Serena about the 'captain of the Danube steam ship'

 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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And this old chestnut: Jun 19, 2015

Can you spot the error?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD2mhVc6C_8


 

Barbara Pozzi  Identity Verified
Italy
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65 letters Jun 19, 2015

The longest German word I have ever is 65 letters long:

Hottentottentrottelmutterlattengitterkotterbeutelrattenattentäter

This is where you can find it:
http://www.viaggio-in-germania.de/parole-composte.html


 

Bernhard Kopf
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Donau­dampf­schiffahrts­elektrizitäten­haupt­betriebs­werk­bau­unter­beamten­gesellschaft Jun 19, 2015

Hier ist noch eine Variante von der Donaudampfschiffahrt:

Donau­dampf­schiffahrts­elektrizitäten­haupt­betriebs­werk­bau­unter­beamten­gesellschaft

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft


 

Daniel Frisano
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The Danube must be quite a busy waterway Jun 19, 2015

OK I meant found while translating ... but you blew me away anyway with all those Danube navigation company stuff ...

 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Longest English Word has 189,819 characters and takes 3 hours to pronounce Jun 19, 2015

http://layzeebee.com/longest-english-word

[Edited at 2015-06-19 22:13 GMT]


 

Grace Shalhoub  Identity Verified
France
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My dream is to be able to pronounce this! Jun 20, 2015

Bernhard Kopf wrote:

Hier ist noch eine Variante von der Donaudampfschiffahrt:

Donau­dampf­schiffahrts­elektrizitäten­haupt­betriebs­werk­bau­unter­beamten­gesellschaft

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft



I really tried. I was laughed at.


 

Benno Groeneveld  Identity Verified
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Longest English word Jun 20, 2015

is no fair: just a string of chemical names, at least the German words actually mean something.

My favorite is Eisenbahknotpunkthinundhersteller (operator of a switch for train tracks or so I think I remember from German class, long ago). Although it is not as long as those Donau captains.


 

Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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The longest "ex-official" German word Jun 21, 2015

So, not "made up" was Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz (63 letters).

They scratched it last year.


 

Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
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Compounds Jun 21, 2015

The beauty of it is that compound nouns in German always become one word. So in theory there is no limit to how long a word can be.

Robert Rietvelt wrote:

So, not "made up" was Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz (63 letters).

They scratched it last year.



So if you liked that word, Robert, then you are a Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetzliebhaber (and have just added another 9 letters to the word).


 

Doreen Stacey
United States
I can't even read it straight :) Feb 10, 2017

Bezirksschornsteinfegermeister

 


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