Who put the Turd in Saturday :-)

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Who put the Turd in Saturday :-)

Post by simonm » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:12 am

It is kind of funny when you break up words in ways that native speakers don't usually do.

German speakers are of course very used to breaking up words or constructing new words with famous "words" like Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz or the more usually quoted Dampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänstochter.

If numbers were allowed then of course Zwei­billionen­einhundert­fünf­und­zwanzig­milliarden­ein­hundert­fünf­und­zwanzig­millionen­einhundert­acht­tausend­zwei­hundert­zwei­und­dreißig would be the winner. *

The Welsh with Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­loan­tysilio­gogo­goch make a fair attempt.

The trick with all these words is spotting the individual elements. When you get used to breaking up crazy words like these then spotting the turd in Saturday is pretty easy.

What hidden words amuse you?

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Re: Who put the Turd in Saturday :-)

Post by Martin » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:29 am

The Welsh with Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­loan­tysilio­gogo­goch make a fair attempt.
That should be "Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch", which kind of proves your point - I spotted that straight away!

What hidden words amuse you?
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Re: Who put the Turd in Saturday :-)

Post by gitgeezer » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:30 pm

Who was the marketing wizard who put the “trd” in the Toyota Tacoma TRD?

My first experience with long German words was the German word for “speed limit”: Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung

According to the Time magazine website, simonm, your word is now obsolete:

“Farewell to the longest word in the German language. The 63-letter word – “RkReÜAÜG” for short – had a surprisingly brief, 14-year life for such a mouthful. The word was originally coined in 1999 to describe a state labelling law meant to safeguard against mad cow disease, according to the Associated Press. But now that the state, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, has changed its regulation to conform with European Union regulations, both the word and the law it describes have been rendered moot.

So what exactly was this mouthful of a word? Here goes:

Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz
. . .

The longest word ever “composed” is:

Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft

That word stands for the ‘Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services.’”

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/06/04/63- ... -obsolete/

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Post by Luuttuaja » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:34 am

In Finnish language you can make up words such as "epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänköhän", which is very hard to translate, but would mean something like "not even by his own lack of disorganization, do you think?" :D

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Post by lagartija » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:15 am

Luuttuaja wrote:In Finnish language you can make up words such as "epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänköhän", which is very hard to translate, but would mean something like "not even by his own lack of disorganization, do you think?" :D
Why not just call it a sentence? Is there a reason it is made into a single word?

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Re: Who put the Turd in Saturday :-)

Post by tubeman » Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:08 am

simonm wrote:It is kind of funny when you break up words in ways that native speakers don't usually do.

German speakers are of course very used to breaking up words or constructing new words with famous "words" like Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz or the more usually quoted Dampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänstochter.
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Post by Andrew Fryer » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:46 am

Hmm, well, at the risk...
computer programs (possibly in census geography where a boss used to work) used to look for these interior strings in the old days for censorship and other purposes, and a town that frequently got undeservedly censored was Scunthorpe.
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Post by simonm » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:46 am

Indeed one of the hidden charms of England. Here is a video featuring still photos of Scunthorpe form 1908 to relatively recently. It is a reminder of a time when towns and villages were not totally owned by motor vehicles. There are people walking on the streets! Shock, Horror.

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Re: Who put the Turd in Saturday :-)

Post by Luuttuaja » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:35 pm

lagartija wrote:
Luuttuaja wrote:In Finnish language you can make up words such as "epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänköhän", which is very hard to translate, but would mean something like "not even by his own lack of disorganization, do you think?" :D
Why not just call it a sentence? Is there a reason it is made into a single word?
I think the reason for that being a word and not a sentence is that its "root" is a proper word "epäjärjestelmällisyys" (meaning 'disorganization') and all the other stuff there are affixes that can't be used as independent words.

Now, this "epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänköhän" isn't really anything that people would say in "real life", but it wouldn't be impossible to hear a Finn saying words like "epäjärjestelmällisyydelläänkään" (= 'not even by his/her way of disorganizing").

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Post by Andrew Fryer » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:58 pm

Martin wrote:There is a small town on the North Lincolnshire coast which regularly used to trigger auto-censor bots in web mail programs, to much amusement. I won't name it...
Just noticed this.
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Post by Tubbers » Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:57 pm

This should be humorous to the Scots/Brits.

http://www.s-h-a-g.com/
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Post by simonm » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:59 am

Tubbers wrote:This should be humorous to the Scots/Brits.

http://www.s-h-a-g.com/
I had had a look at the site. Fortunately, it does not feature bucolic landscapes with peacefully grazing sheep. :-)

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Post by Tubbers » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:00 am

simonm wrote:
Tubbers wrote:This should be humorous to the Scots/Brits.

http://www.s-h-a-g.com/
I had had a look at the site. Fortunately, it does not feature bucolic landscapes with peacefully grazing sheep. :-)
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Post by Joe de V » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:01 am

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This program will be known as SLAP (Sever Late-Aged Personnel). Employees who are SLAPPED will be given the opportunity to look for jobs outside the company. SLAPPED employees can request a review of their employment record before actual retirement takes place.
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If an employees follows the above procedure, he/she will be entitled to get HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel's Early Severance.or CLAP
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Re: Who put the Turd in Saturday :-)

Post by rikart » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:39 pm

The longest word in common use in Irish, containing 26 letters, is the numerically inflated - 'leas-phríomhfheidhmeannaigh', meaning "deputy chief executives" (every self-respecting empire-building CEO should have them).

In the beautiful old Gaelic script, which was unfathomably discarded in the '60s, the number of letters was only 21.

If you take a cryptic look at it, it has, as some executives might allegedly possess, a 'mean' streak.
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An approximation to its pronunciation is - "las-friovaymuni", which looks far less interesting, though at just 14 letters is perhaps boss-pleasingly thrifty.
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