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What is the Longest word in your language?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by TheLastOne36, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    Aotearoa is a silly fantasy world? :(
     
  2. Bill3000

    Bill3000 OOOH NOOOOOOO! Supporter

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    Well, yes, the real world isn't made of heart valve islands.
     
  3. Agent327

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    Already mentioned in post #64.

    German offspring? I'm not sure what you're referring to here...

    And that Obama/Lincoln/Chavez/Bolivar comparison is totally flawd...
     
  4. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    Probably this, brah.
     
  5. holy king

    holy king Deity

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    better free german than a language derrived from latin oppressors. :p
     
  6. dutchfire

    dutchfire Deity

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    Google gives me these interesting results:

    Kindercarnavalsoptochtvoorbereidingswerkzaamhedencomitéleden (60)
    It means members of a comite for preparations of the children's carnaval parade.

    wettelijkeaansprakelijkheidsverzekering (39)
    Is the longest word in the dictionary. It means obligatory liability insurance.

    Another commonly used one is elektriciteitsproductiemaatschappij (35), electricity producing company.
     
  7. gangleri2001

    gangleri2001 Garbage day!!!

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  8. Agent327

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    That would appear to be the case...

    ... as the German language doesn't really have any "offspring".;)
     
  9. eastsidebagel

    eastsidebagel Deity

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    English.

    And no, I didn't read the Wiki article.
     
  10. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    English is not a German offspring.

    It's a Germanic language, so you could call it a Proto-Germanic offspring. :) German is just another end of the same root, English did not develop out of German, but out of a common ancestor with German. :)
     
  11. eastsidebagel

    eastsidebagel Deity

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    OK, I'm pretty sure you're right about this. Proto-Germanic was the word I was searching for. :)
     
  12. Tiigon

    Tiigon Retro gamer

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    The longest Finnish word that is actually used is lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas, which means "technical warrant officer trainee specialized in aircraft jet engines". The word is used in Finnish Air Force.
     
  13. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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    Are you Latin descendants still mad about the collapse of the Roman Empire?

    We've apologized for that already!
     
  14. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    Nah, only we and a handful of select others still call ourselves Roman, so the other wannabes don't have the right to be mad! :p

    Spoiler :
    :joke:
     
  15. Steph

    Steph Multi Many Tasks man Retired Moderator

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    Well, actually "anticonstitutionnellement" is not the longest word. It has 25 letters, while alphabet has 26.
     
  16. Zack

    Zack 99% hot gas

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    The longest word in the English language is supercalafragalisticexpialadocious.
     
  17. Tiigon

    Tiigon Retro gamer

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    Does it actually mean something? :crazyeye:
     
  18. Zack

    Zack 99% hot gas

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    It means, "This is a stupid movie. Throw your TV against the wall now." Or at least this is how I interpreted it.
     
  19. MagisterCultuum

    MagisterCultuum Great Sage

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    No it isn't. It definitely isn't the longest, and I don't think it even counts as English, or as a real word. Claiming there is nothing longer than that is just pandering to those with hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.
     
  20. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    Alexanderquellenforcshungsgeschichte
    , meaning "History of Alexander [the Great] Source Studies" must be a contender as well, but as you noted, German allows for infinitely long compound words.

    Then one could say "Les Miserables" has hundreds of thousands of letters in it. :mischief:
     

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