Monday, 3 June 2013

Germany Drops It's Longest Word - Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz

Germany's longest word - Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz - a 63-letter long title of a law regulating the testing of beef, has officially ceased to exist. 

The word - which refers to the "law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling", has been revoked by a regional parliament after the EU lifted a recommendation to carry out BSE tests on healthy cattle. 

German is famous for its compound nouns, which frequently become so large they have to be reduced to abbreviations. The beef labelling law, introduced in 1999 to protect consumers from BSE, was commonly transcribed as the "RkReÜAÜG", but even everyday words are shortened to initials, for example, Lastkraftwagen - lorry - becomes Lkw.

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