How German came to have such ridiculously long words (cute video)

German is renowned for its long words. For example:

Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän

Which means “Danube steamship company captain.” They just cram all the thoughts together to make a much more convenient word.

Well someone has done a nifty video showing just how Germans go about creating such crazy long words. It’s a fun video, all in German, and most of it you’ll probably get – at least the first half – and if you speak any Romance languages you’ll probably understand the second half too.  But just in case you don’t, there’s a translation below the video.

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Just to get your started the girl’s name is Barbara, and she’s known for her rhubarb cake – rhubarb in German is Rhabarber. So they call her Rhubarb Barbara, or Rhabarberbarbara…  (I’m told they might have misspelled rhubarb in the video, but no matter.)


(I’m told that to actually see my Facebook posts in your Facebook feed, you need to “follow” me.)

1. There’s a girl named Barbara.

2. She is known for her rhubarb cake.

3. So they call her “Rhubarb Barbara.”

4. To sell her cake, she opens a bar.

5. It is frequented by three barbarians.

6. They have beards.

7. When they want to get their beards groomed they go to the barber.

8. He goes to their bar to eat some cake, and then wants to drink a special beer.

9. You can only get his special beer at a special bar that sells it.

10. Where the bartender’s name is Barbie.

11. She’s the Barbie of the bar where the beer of the beard barber for the barbarians of Rhubarb’s Barbara’s bar is sold. But all in one word.

12. At the end, the barbarians, the barber, Barbie, and Barbara all go to the bar for a beer. You might need one too after this. Prost!


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