The longest word in German

If you can pronounce these words, then you probably can say that you know German:

Fußbodenschleifmaschinenverleih (31 letters)                                 (meaning: shop that lends floor sanding machines)

Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän (41 letters)           (meaning: Danube steamship company captain)

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungs-                  –gesetz (63 letters)                                                                                                                (meaning: law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling) – this is the the longest “authentic” word in the German language.

Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunter-         -beamtengesellschaft  (79 letters)                                                            (meaning: Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services) – this word appears in the Guinness book of records. It allegedly was a suborganization of the Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft in pre-war Vienna (Austria) a shipping company for transporting passengers and cargo on the Danube. The DDSG still exists today in the form of the now private companies DDSG-Blue Danube Schiffahrt GmbH (passenger transport) and the DDSG-Cargo GmbH. However, there is no evidence that the suborganization ever existed.

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