Like any language, German has grown and evolved over many generations. From Old High German to Middle High German to Middle Low German and Standard German, it's changed a lot over time. You'd think those changes would be helpful in making the language more clear and concise, but that's not always the case. In fact, some German words were clearly designed with the opposite idea in mind.
if you fancy yourself a bit of a linguist, or just someone who likes the challenge of stumbling over a 10-syllable word, maybe you have what it takes to nail this quiz. If you're not a native speaker, then it's definitely going to be a challenge. How long can German words get? Some have reached over 40 letters long. That could be a whole sentence in some languages. Heck, even a paragraph. Figuring out what a word like that means is going to take some skill and maybe even a little luck. But if you think you have the skills to handle some of thesezungenbrechers and get to the bottom of this German kuddelmuddel then take the quiz and prove it!
What on Earth does Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften mean?
A delicate dish made with eggs and cheese
An insurance company that provides legal protection
Naturally, this is the plural of Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaft, which is an insurance company providing legal protection. Clearly, this is a valuable word for everyday conversations.
Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft may not have ever referred to a real thing, even if the term is technically correct. What does it mean?
A small, omnivorous animal like a squirrel that lives in forests and is usually only seen at sunset.
Association for Subordinate Officials of the Main Maintenance Building of the Danube Steam Shipping Electrical Services
This word allegedly refers to the Association for Subordinate Officials of the Main Maintenance Building of the Danube Steam Shipping Electrical Services. It's only alleged because there's no proof such an association ever existed. This might just be an example of a word that "could" exist, even if what it refers to doesn't.
The process of donating food items to charity that do not have a long shelf life and must, therefore, be used right away
No one should be proud to be a Schattenparker. What does it mean?
A person who follows too close
Someone who breaks dishes
Someone who parks in the shade
While the literal translation of this word is "shade parker," what it means is a wimp. A person who parks in the shade is weak and can't handle the real world. You don't want to be a schattenparker, even though it's usually a good idea to actually park in the shade.
Drachenfutter only comes up when you do something wrong. What does it mean?
The literal translation is "dragon fodder" but what it actually refers to is a gift you give to your spouse or partner as a kind of apology. So you screwed up and got them this thing to try to make it better.
Doppelgänger has become a very popular word in English. What does it mean?
A street gang
A twin or duplicate
A doppelgänger usually just means a twin or double of some kind though to be very technical, it should also be a supernatural or evil double. So if you see one, try to avoid it. Unless you actually have a twin.
Schreibtischtäter is an extremely dark term. What does it mean?
The term "desk murderer" sounds a little silly at first glance, but it's quite a disturbing concept. It refers to bureaucrats and state employees who sat at a desk and sanctioned the murder of many people.
If you're arguing with someone, you may have to bust out a Totschlagargument. What is it?
A mutual understanding
A killer argument
A killer argument is an argument killer. If you're in a heated debated with someone, you can bust out a totschlagargument and immediately shut the whole conversation down. It doesn't even need to be related to the topic at hand, just something so devastating that the other person has no comeback.
Streicheleinheit is a word that might apply if you have a pet. What does it mean?
A pair of boots
A cupboard for food
A measurement of petting
In general, streicheleinheit means to pet or caress, but the literal translation is a unit of petting, so it's somehow supposed to be a measurement of the petting you do. Definitely a thing a cat would pay attention to.