Longest word

Break open the bubby – the longest word in Germany has been abolished!

‘Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz’ was a 63-letter word referring to the “law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling”.

Fans of effective communication will be disappointed to know, however, that this was not lifted due to it being overly long-winded or difficult to remember.

It ceased to officially exist when the law was repealed following the EU lifting a recommendation to carry out BSE tests on healthy cattle.

But are long words always ineffective words?

One Member of Parliament (UK) argued that the use of an “odd” word could, on the contrary, by virtue of its oddness, draw attention to an important point.

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP made the record books in 2012 by uttering ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’ in the House of Commons, which made it the longest word in Hansard. The word means the “act or habit of estimating as worthless”.

Come then and join me in a toast to the floccinaucinihilipilification of overly long words.

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