In German, words are often put together ( “compound words”) to create new words. As an example: “Krankenschwester” means nurse and literally translated “sister of the sick people” (“krank” = sick, “die Schwester” = sister). As there are so many compound words in German language, I thought I might just introduce you to some of the craziest ones. So here are 3 German f****** long words that will make you either laugh or cry…. or both!
This one is my personal favorite, because it actually finds some application in real life (maybe not a lot, but it does!). It means “Toilet brush instructions for use”.
By the way: With these detailed instructions you are supposed to use the toilet brush properly if you ever make your way to Germany! ...
Number of letters: 35
Here we go:
- Die Toilette = the toilet
- Die Bürste = the brush
- Benutzungsanweisung = Instructions for use
- Ganz falsch = totally wrong
- Falsch = wrong
- Fast richtig = almost right
- Richtig = right
Actually this is one word, no hyphen, but it was too long to fit on one line. The word contains 80 letters and 3 “f” in a row.
It means: “Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services” (the name of a pre-war club in Vienna) Oha. Very important as you can see!
Here we go:
- Donau: Danube (a river in Germany)
- Dampfschiff: Steam boat
- Die Fahrt: Ride
- Elektrizität: Electricity
- Haupt-: Main (Head)
- Betriebswerk: Engine facilities
- Bauunter: Doesn’t really mean anything.
(Der Bauunternehmer is a contractor/bilder.)
- Der Beamte: Official
- Die Gesellschaft: Association
This word doesn’t really mean anything, but you can impress quite a lot if you are able to say it (I can’t even!)
Number of letters: 50
Translation: the Barbie of the bar where the beer of the beard barber for the barbarians of Rhubarb’s Barbara’s bar is sold
See video below for an explanation
“That’s it?! I want to know more such words!” Sorry that you’re so keen on learning German that you’ve already memorized all of the above. I thought 3 words would be enough for a start. However, if you feel like you want to know more long ass German words and have a good laugh, you can check out this youtube video