Wednesday 5 June 2013

Slog It Bog It, Terrible Tongue Twisters!

Molly The Wally Tongue Twisters!

We dedicate this to Wallace & Samuel who are currently teaching us South African slang!

Germanys' longest word  

a 63-letter long title of a law regulating the testing of beef, has officially ceased to exist. Drats we say. Can you say it?

The German language is famous for its compound nouns which often become so unpronounceable they have to be reduced to abbreviations. The longest word with a dictionary entry is at 36 letters,Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung, 
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. 

Donaldumbshivereggsellshitcpatain, I am going to be singing it all day.

Have a terrific tongue twister Wednesday!


  1. We saw the beef word this morning on the News. SHE can say it slowly--SHE lived in Germany once.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  2. *BOL* Thanks Mol!!!

    See you later china-bean!

    Wally & Sammy

  3. I've now got Donaldumbshivereggsellshitcpatain on the brain!!

  4. OMD, that's a mouthful!!!

  5. Mom signed up for german in college, she walked in the class the first day and saw them start writing some compound words on the board and dropped the class promptly

    urban hounds

  6. Of course I can say them words...I is German!
    Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz and
    ...see, told you I could says them...hehehehe.


  7. DANG! We Yankees are so good at chopping up words to a short pulp; that word was wild! NO WAY could I pronounce that Miz Molly! teehehehehehhehehe

  8. WEll Molly that is one looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong word
    Mom says She sails, seashells down by the sea shores and Peter Piper picked a pail of pickled peppers.
    Hugs madi your BFFF

  9. Hi Molly, did it go again I'm going to sing this all day Der........I'll hum you sing!

  10. Oh Nuts! Now my tongue is tied in a knot. Thank you very much!!!!


  11. That makes supercalifragilisticexpialidocious look easy ;-)

  12. Oh no, my tongue is terribly twisted now!

  13. Oh noes, we only just learned that Welsh train station name, ha!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  14. No word should be so long that it cannot be said in one breath.

  15. and i thought supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was long.

  16. GOOD GRIEF Molly.... What are you trying to do to us?? Now our tongues are tied in knots and we can't LICK ANYTHING. We suppose THIS is the very day that MOM will decide to go for I SCREAM.

  17. Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän - the triple "f" makes me nervous hahha. Once we bought a thingy in moms junk-store with the name: Eierschalensollbruchstellenverursacher. That's a thingy you put on a boiled egg like a cap and then it makes a circular crack on the eggshell. No idea why we need such a thingy. Have a funny wednesday!

  18. Oh boy.... this is too much for a Wednesday! ha ha! :)

  19. We can say PeterPiperPickedAPickofPickledPeppers really fast, and auf
    stella rose

  20. Everything in German sounds like a tongue twister to Mom - she much prefers the beauty of the French language:) We don't care what the language is as long as it includes the words cookies, walk, car, and treat:)

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  21. Hmmmm how about...

    How much Wally could a Molly Wally chuck if a Molly Wally could chuck Wally?

  22. Hehe, now mom knows what it sounds like when she is talking to me ;)

  23. Gesundheit! *passes tissue* Oh, that wasn't the longest sneeze?!? Whoops!
    *high paws*

  24. Oh, we love those funny long German words. That ones crazy! I'm of German heritage, but we were never taught any German - not even the swear words! - so I can't even begin to try to pronounce that.

    My fave German word is schadenfreude. Not very long, but it sure is useful in many situations. :)

  25. OMD I am laughing my buns off right now

  26. I know a really, really BAD German word! (I know my spelling is wrong, but here goes)

    Afgagendemar de mutter putzer!!

  27. That's what we hear when mom talks
    Benny & Lily

  28. We never understood why the Germans don't drop off a few letters. The French do it all the time!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Ambassadors of Love

  29. Molly....
    My Mom has German-Russian ancestors. That being said. I know twain German words, which my Mom taught us!! "Thank-you". And, "night, night". Mom used to say that to my sister and I as she tucked us in!! ;op
    --Raelyn and Rose

  30. Oh, wow!! Glad I don't live in Germany...I'd never be able to pronounce any of those words!!

    Thanks for your POTP for Riley. <3

    Elyse and Riley

  31. That's one long word! We read a news article on that last night. I didn't even try to pronounce it.

  32. My, what big teeth you have...

    I am CobiFromIslandByForestAndWaterWhoLikesToChaseButNotFetch. How's that for a title?


  33. Hey Molly!
    Wow, that's a whole big ole whapping bunch of letters! Gee, couldn't they use something that wouldn't sprain someone's tongue? I love Cobi's comment! BWAR HAR HAR and I totally love that pix of you!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  34. Those are all great words but I accomplish a lot with one single arf

  35. My what big teeth you have! sandie

  36. Hey Molly,

    Das sind einige sehr lange Wörter! Als Kitten wir halten Gras wachsen ist ein großes Wort.

    Our Mama knows a little German but she does not guarantee the spelling or correct grammar. MOL!

    Adam & Georgia
    Cindi Lou & The Kitty Krew

  37. Getting your curlers and hair all pretty for your blog :) Howcould your momtakea picture of you at atime like this! :p

  38. Woweee...that is some REALLY confusing stuff!! Good Luck with that! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  39. Right, that solves it then, I'm definitely not going to be learning German. Love your variation of the captain one, with eggs and other unspeakables in it :D

  40. They can tell a story - all in one word!

  41. Wow, trust the Germans to figure out how to share their life history in one word. :-)

  42. By the time I got to the end of the word I'd have forgotten what I was saying!

  43. Oh wow, those words are way too tricky for me, think I'm gonna stick with "Woof"! :)

    Have a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  44. I tried to say it and I am never going there again! :D

    Dina Mom