Off the Mark by Mark Parisi for January 26, 2016

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    Eclectic-1 Premium Member almost 6 years ago

    Understandable as the German for ‘bra’ is ‘holzemfrumflopen’.

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    der.effi  almost 6 years ago

    @eclectic-1No it’s not. lol It’s Büstenhalter or short BH. But we do have some nice long words like “Nahrungsmittelunverträglichkeit” (food intolerance) or “Löschwassereinspeisung” (fire water supply(?)).

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    i_am_the_jam  almost 6 years ago


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    Farside99  almost 6 years ago

    Kind of like the generic for Viagra is “mycoxafloppen”.

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    blue_crane  almost 6 years ago

    “lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas” try fitting that title in to a standard business card

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    Jeddo  almost 6 years ago

    The steamship company in Vienna is called Donau Dampfschiff Gesellschaft. Its ships have captains, who rest in cabins. The cabins are fitted with lights that can be switched off. The switches are located in sockets which would thus be called Donaudampfschiffgesellschaftskapitänskajütenlichtschalterbuchse (63 letters). I challenge you to do better!

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member almost 6 years ago


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    nobody_special Premium Member almost 6 years ago

    I’ll wait for the verb.

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    JChris1689  almost 6 years ago


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    Ubintold  almost 6 years ago

    It’s all Greek to me.

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    paul GROSS Premium Member almost 6 years ago


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    neverenoughgold  almost 6 years ago

    Das längste Wort in der englischen Sprache ist Lächeln, weil es eine Meile zwischen den beiden S

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    dflak  almost 6 years ago

    I like reading the instructions that come with things. English is two inches of type. German and inch and a half. French three inches. Spanish the next three pages.

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    gmoldmule  almost 6 years ago

    Such creativity today. Wow…. The (-) went to a (+) today.

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    gammaguy  almost 6 years ago

    Are you guys Finnish-ed, yet?

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    heatherjasper  almost 6 years ago

    Warum spricht er Englisch?

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    rgcviper  almost 6 years ago

    My favorite long word? Floccinaucinihilipilification.

    Its meaning? A useless act.

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    pschearer Premium Member almost 6 years ago

    Just to be technical: Despite their skill at building compound words, German is an inflected language, meaning words are built from a stem plus an optional suffix plus an optional ending, as in English SING-ER-S. Agglutinative languages build words from a stem plus usually multiple affixes, as in Turkish or Korean.

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