motor vehicle liability insurance.
However a 39-letter word, Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften,
insurance companies providing legal protection, is considered the longest German word in everyday use by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mark Twain observed, "Some German words are so long that they have a perspective."
The Teutonic fondness for sticking nouns together has resulted in other famous tongue-twisters such as,
The Danube steamship company captain - which clocks in at 42 letters.
It has become a parlour game to lengthen the steamship captain's name, by creating new words such as
Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänswitwe, the captain's widow.
At 80 letters, the longest word ever composed in German is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft, the Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services.