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Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 23 May 2019, 9:14am
by brynpoeth
No no, 'Ausfahrt' is a very common place-name, nearly all the towns near the Autobahn are thus named :wink:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 23 May 2019, 9:18am
by nez
brynpoeth wrote:No no, 'Ausfahrt' is a very common place-name, nearly all the towns near the Autobahn are thus named :wink:

Therein lies a story. A friend of ours went to Germany for the first time by car. After about an hour on the motorway he says to his wife ‘this Ausfahrt’s a big town isn’t it?’ And he meant it.

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 23 May 2019, 11:03am
by LollyKat
Last year I came across a man close to a panic attack in Peterborough station, screaming in a strong ?Russian accent that there was no exit. When I explained what the "Way out" signs meant he calmed down a bit.

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 May 2019, 2:18am
by Debs
nez wrote:Goodness knows how Austrians get off the motorway.


Sie fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn! :D

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 26 May 2019, 2:08pm
by drossall
:D

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 8 Jun 2019, 7:51pm
by brynpoeth
'Reissverschlussverfahren' is useful to know if one drives the Autobahn:
'Zip fastener process' or 'alternate merging', when two lanes go into one
There are often signs 'Reissverschlussverfahren erst in 400 m', to stop drivers moving over sooner, to ensure the Free Flow of Traffic :?

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 9 Jul 2019, 5:05am
by brynpoeth
mercalia wrote:I came across this monster

Fachkräftezuwanderungsgesetz
(skilled labour immigration law)

how on earth do they ever learn to spell such?

It is a trick to try to keep supply above demand, it's the €conomy
..
'Rohloff' is not a long word, but I do wish people would spell it correctly :wink:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 11 Jul 2019, 10:01am
by Pastychomper
drossall wrote:Off-topic, but reminds me of the challenge to write an English sentence that makes sense, and uses the maximum consecutive repetitions of the same word. I know one with seven.

My favourite so far, as far as I can see it's grammatically correct:
fortune-mod wrote:Wouldn't the sentence 'I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign' have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips, as well as after Chips?

Sadly I don't know enough German to get on topic here, the longest word I've been told in that esteemed language is "Munchengrassundclippencloppen" ... and I'm not sure it really is the word for "horse". :wink:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 11 Jul 2019, 5:25pm
by brynpoeth
Wer viel misst, misst Mist
Wer nichts wird, wird Wirt
..
If one measures enough, one finds muck/rubbish
He who achieves nothing becomes a publican

Sorry, they are funny in German :wink:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 11 Jul 2019, 7:25pm
by landsurfer
When i lived and worked in Germany i was told that German had no technical language so cigarette lighter became "machine which makes fire for lighting cigarettes"

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 11 Jul 2019, 10:57pm
by fausto copy
brynpoeth wrote:No no, 'Ausfahrt' is a very common place-name, nearly all the towns near the Autobahn are thus named :wink:


That reminds me of when we first started walking in Snowdonia and I found all the signs pointing to Llwybr Cyhoeddus :roll:

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 12 Jul 2019, 3:58pm
by nez
My German is pretty limited now but I was better in my youth when I spent quite a bit of time in Bavaria. I caused a stir one night in a bar though when a friend asked me to translate "Ich wollte, es würde Nacht und die Preußen kämen;" of course it's Wellington and I knew the quote 'Would that it were night and the Prussians were come.' Apparently a tricky sentence or maybe in Bavaria a tricky thought. Anyway, just for one night I was a celebrated and sought after translator. The man who can do English subjunctives. Things have gone downhill since

what is the longest German word?

Posted: 13 Jul 2019, 8:02am
by tony_mm
nez wrote:My German is pretty limited now but I was better in my youth when I spent quite a bit of time in Bavaria. I caused a stir one night in a bar though when a friend asked me to translate "Ich wollte, es würde Nacht und die Preußen kämen;" of course it's Wellington and I knew the quote 'Would that it were night and the Prussians were come.' Apparently a tricky sentence or maybe in Bavaria a tricky thought. Anyway, just for one night I was a celebrated and sought after translator. The man who can do English subjunctives. Things have gone downhill since


Prussian and Bavarian? LOL...

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 13 Jul 2019, 8:09am
by Audax67
It's nice to be a Preuß
But it's higher to be a Bayer.

Said in the right regional German accent Preuß really does rhyme with nice. The way house does in certain circles.

Re: what is the longest German word?

Posted: 13 Jul 2019, 8:11am
by brynpoeth
Debs wrote:
nez wrote:Goodness knows how Austrians get off the motorway.


Sie fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn! :D

Actually the Austrian govt is trying to force visitors NOT to leave the Autobahn so they do not clog up the villages
There is a charg€ for using the ab :wink: