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Why Germans Don't Play Scrabble

Frustration with learning German

Why Germans Don't Play Scrabble thanks to Howard Chapman

The longest German word?
Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften
translation: “Insurance companies providing legal protection”
(recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as
the longest German word in everyday use)

More seemingly-never-ending German words
Bezirksschornsteinfegermeister
“Head district chimney sweep”

Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän
“Danube steamship company captain”

Freundschaftsbezeigungen
“Demonstrations of friendship”

Fussbodenschleifmaschinenverleih
“Floor grinding machine rental”

Kaftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung
“Motor vehicle liability insurance”

Lebensabschnittpartner
“The person I am with today (partner or lover)”

Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften
“Insurance companies providing legal protection”

Siebentausendzweihundertvierundfünfzig
The integer 7,254

Unabhaengigkeitserklaerungen
“Independence declarations”


“Some German words are so long that they have perspective.”
Mark Twain

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Silence is safer than speech. - Epictetus

Speech is silver; silence is golden. - Thomas Carlyle

Speech is the small change of silence. - George Meredith

The eyes have one language everywhere. - George Herbert

Music is the universal language of mankind. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A proverb is to speech what salt is to food. - Arabic Proverb

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. - Francis Bacon

Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts. - Charles de Talleyrand

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. - Larry Wall

A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech. - Plutarch

Germany may have recovered a flying saucer as early as 1939. - Jimmy Doolittle

We need a president who's fluent in at least one language. - Buck Henry

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. - Martin Buber

Changes in language often reflect the changing values of a culture. - Ravi Zacharias

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. - William Butler Yeats

England and America are two countries separated by a common language. - George Bernard Shaw

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together. - Max Eastman

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power. - Joan Didion

If we are a country committed to free speech, then why do we have phone bills? - Steven Wright

45 caliber German Shmowzer - a 38 caliber German Floogle with a telephonic site - Archie Bunker

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. - Thomas Carlyle

My husband's German. Every night I get dressed up as Poland and he invades me. - Bette Midler

If you cannot understand me in my speech, how can you understand me in my silence? - Ravi Zacharias

Speak when you're angry and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret. - L.J. Peter

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. - Ezra Pound

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Language is our meeting place, the sea we live in... it is the common ground of our humanity. - Toby Wolfe

The German is like a willow. No matter which way you bend him, he will always take root again. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

German is the most extravagantly ugly language - it sounds like someone using a sick bag on a 747. - Willy Rushton

You're an old-timer if you can remember when setting the world on fire was a figure of speech. - Franklin P Jones

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence. - Aeschylus

Fashion is free speech, and one of the privileges, if not always one of the pleasures, of a free world. - Alison Lurie

Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece - just different elements of belonging and not-belonging. - Jhumpa Lahiri

If the English language made any sense, 'lackadaisical' would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. - Doug Larson

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. - Alan Kay

Grammar: 1. Lives with granpar; 2. The difference between Feeling Your Nuts and Feeling You’re Nuts. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Charity, good behaviour, amiable speech, unselfishness - these by the chief sage have been declared the elements of popularity. - Burmese Proverb

Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends. - Mary Catherwood

Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't mean anything else. - C S Lewis

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela


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