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    Yes, it`s not a very common phrase though. There was a song by a very popular German band back in the nineties called Backpfeifengesicht.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7dh7OtMmsU

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    Quote Originally Posted by flow View Post
    Yes, it`s not a very common phrase though. There was a song by a very popular German band back in the nineties called Backpfeifengesicht.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7dh7OtMmsU

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    What a great word! I'm saying it three times and then claiming ownership! Why hasn't English got this word? Can I swap it for "dachshund"?

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    No, you can keep Dachshund. We call them Dackel, that’s much nicer. I recently learned watching Seth Meyers that Americans think the longest German word is Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften. It’s not true. It’s neither a word nor is it the longest. The longest German word is


    Rindfleischettiketierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübert ragungsgesetz.

    You can have that one. You don’t even have to give us anything in return. It’s fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flow View Post
    No, you can keep Dachshund. We call them Dackel, that’s much nicer. I recently learned watching Seth Meyers that Americans think the longest German word is Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften. It’s not true. It’s neither a word nor is it the longest. The longest German word is


    Rindfleischettiketierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübert ragungsgesetz.

    You can have that one. You don’t even have to give something back.

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    And what am I supposed to do with a word that means "Cattle marking and beef labeling supervision duties delegation law"

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    You could use it while playing scrabble

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    Quote Originally Posted by flow View Post
    You could use it while playing scrabble

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    Sure - if I had a scrabble board the size of Berlin

    Rindfle/ischett/iketier/ungsübe/rwachun/gsaufga/benüber/t ragung/sgesetz.

    That's nine turns to get the bloody word on the board! 450 points for using all the letters - god forbid it's on a triple word tile. And I'm in Manchester - I've got no use for umlauts!

    It's not the word I wanted flow. I'm wounded...

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    Maybe we should rather ask Privey, how she came across that word. I hope it wasn`t directed at her and by the way, I also hope it was none of my countrymen, who used it?

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    Flow don't give a Brit anything. They'll say they want it, change their mind and try to give it back and then be disappointed when they find out the process isn't what they thought it would be. They're very fickle.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GoSpuffy View Post
    Flow don't give a Brit anything. They'll say they want it, change their mind and try to give it back and then be disappointed when they find out the process isn't what they thought it would be. They're very fickle.
    I'm sorry. What are you trying to say here? What do you mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flow View Post
    Maybe we should rather ask Privey, how she came across that word. I hope it wasn`t directed at her and by the way, I also hope it was none of my countrymen, who used it?

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    I found it on twitter and just wanted to check it's validity as a German word. Thank you for you assistance in this matter

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    I just noticed something funny. When I wrote Rindfleischettiketierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübert ragungsgesetz in my former post, I wrote is one word. Now there is a space between the t and the r. But I can`t even correct that. When I try to edit my post, the space is not there. It seems, this forum puts a space somewhere in the word to cut it into two pieces. Which is wrong. It`s one word, guys.

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    It's splitting it at 50 characters (yes I counted). Clearly there is just no need for any word to be longer than that and they are correcting it for you.

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    GoSpuffy:

    If we're talking about what I think we're talking about - leave me out of it. I didn't want it in the first instance.

    That aside, you have a point. I think we've given most of the empire back - and the way things are going, the English'll probably return the home nations to their original owners (when we find the receipt for Wales. It's probably down the back of the sofa). But that's not the point - we gave Canada (for instance) the whole of the English language and all I'm asking for is one word.

    It's not as though Germany has been very forthcoming sharing its words - and some of them they gave us were pretty pointless. We didn't need Dachshund - it's a stupid word. Brits can't even agree on how it's pronounced. Besides,"Sausage dog" is funnier. Schadenfreude, Wanderlust - we'll keep them. Blitzkrieg - we only use half of it (they can have krieg back). Also keeping: Zeitgeist, Rucksack, Beer Garden, Leitmotiv and Ersatz. Returning: fahrvergnugen, Privatdocent and inselberg (on the grounds I have no idea what they mean).

    Admittedly, Germany seems to be quite short on words but that's not my fault. They should stop re-using them and fusing them together. You could say I'm giving this word its freedom (fly, my pretty, fly). I'll tend to it and use it every day. In fact, I think it should be protected as an international word. Every country needs a word for "a face that needs to be slapped". BACKPFEIFENGESICHT - German ingenuity at its finest.

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    You make a good case for word ownership TriBel. I hope you're able to negotiate an agreement. And on behalf of Canada please let me take this moment to say thank you for English,

    Dearest creature in creation,
    Study English pronunciation.
    I will teach you in my verse
    Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
    I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
    Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
    Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
    So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

    Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
    Dies and diet, lord and word,
    Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
    (Mind the latter, how it's written.)
    Now I surely will not plague you
    With such words as plaque and ague.
    But be careful how you speak:
    Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
    Cloven, oven, how and low,
    Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

    Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
    Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
    Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
    Exiles, similes, and reviles;
    Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
    Solar, mica, war and far;
    One, anemone, Balmoral,
    Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
    Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
    Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

    Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
    Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
    Blood and flood are not like food,
    Nor is mould like should and would.
    Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
    Toward, to forward, to reward.
    And your pronunciation's OK
    When you correctly say croquet,
    Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
    Friend and fiend, alive and live.

    Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
    And enamour rhyme with hammer.
    River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
    Doll and roll and some and home.
    Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
    Neither does devour with clangour.
    Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
    Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
    Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
    And then singer, ginger, linger,
    Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
    Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

    Query does not rhyme with very,
    Nor does fury sound like bury.
    Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
    Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
    Though the differences seem little,
    We say actual but victual.
    Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
    Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
    Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
    Dull, bull, and George ate late.
    Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
    Science, conscience, scientific.

    Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
    Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
    We say hallowed, but allowed,
    People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
    Mark the differences, moreover,
    Between mover, cover, clover;
    Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
    Chalice, but police and lice;
    Camel, constable, unstable,
    Principle, disciple, label.

    Petal, panel, and canal,
    Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
    Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
    Senator, spectator, mayor.
    Tour, but our and succour, four.
    Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
    Sea, idea, Korea, area,
    Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
    Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
    Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

    Compare alien with Italian,
    Dandelion and battalion.
    Sally with ally, yea, ye,
    Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
    Say aver, but ever, fever,
    Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
    Heron, granary, canary.
    Crevice and device and aerie.

    Face, but preface, not efface.
    Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
    Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
    Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
    Ear, but earn and wear and tear
    Do not rhyme with here but ere.
    Seven is right, but so is even,
    Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
    Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
    Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

    Pronunciation — think of Psyche!
    Is a paling stout and spikey?
    Won't it make you lose your wits,
    Writing groats and saying grits?
    It's a dark abyss or tunnel:
    Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
    Islington and Isle of Wight,
    Housewife, verdict and indict.

    Finally, which rhymes with enough —
    Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
    Hiccough has the sound of cup.
    My advice is to give up!!!*


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    Makes me proud to be British! It also makes me glad I'm a native speaker and didn't have to learn it as a second language! That said, as my son pointed out, it's a bugger being northern and having to "catch a buzz to the liberry while eating a scone*".

    *rhymes with bone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TriBel View Post
    GoSpuffy:

    Makes me proud to be British! It also makes me glad I'm a native speaker and didn't have to learn it as a second language! That said, as my son pointed out, it's a bugger being northern and having to "catch a buzz to the liberry while eating a scone*".

    *rhymes with bone.
    Ha! Try being out numbered by the US by 10 to 1 and have all the spell checks constantly try to correct you to American standards. My kids have started calling me “mom” and I’ll have none of it. I’m a “mum” despite the tv speak influence.


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    Colour, Favour, Flavour, Centre, Theatre, Fibre, Litre, Humour, Labour, Neighbour, Defence, Pretence, Fuelled

    Bring it on Bill Gates - red line away!



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