German may be the most widely spoken language in the European Union, but let's be honest - it's just downright funny sometimes. We roasted French last month, so now it's time for German language to have its turn.

People around the world learning on how to speak German have long struggled with German's fearsome grammar, in which multiple funny words are stuck together to make more descriptive terms. This leads to things like long, aggressive store names and job titles, as well as migraines for tourists and expats in Germany. The spelling of these long German words is an even more sensitive subject.

Since German is an ancestor to English, a lot of funny German words were passed down to us but changed in spelling over time. The original German forms of these words now have... Well, 'interesting' connotations. See for yourself below.

Oh, and just for the lols, here is the longest word in German - Donaudampfschifffahtselektrizitatenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengessellschaft. Standing proudly at 80 letters, this word translates to "Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services" and is an absolutely real concoction of letters. Try not to break your tongue with it!

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John L Kelly 2 years ago

I guess Greta isn't French after all.

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John L Kelly 2 years ago

"Ein Schwaben Bräu bitte" makes everything work out fine.

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Lilya 2 years ago

Ha that's so me.

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Kristina K. 2 years ago

Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbierbartbarbier...

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Anna Brandigi 2 years ago

I'm getting some mixed signals here

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Anna Brandigi 2 years ago

They have words for pretty much everything

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Troux 2 years ago

These all have direct English equivalents: "I got tossed in the back of a car" "We came together after the movie" "I gave my bird what she needed last night"

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Anna Brandigi 2 years ago

same

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Juana 2 years ago

Why do the write the names of the languages and then throw in Mexico? For continuity they should have written Spanish. And a flag of Spain.

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Volker Burmester 2 years ago

Sechs is german for six and sound almost like sex. Vier means four in german and sounds like fear. And fünf is german for five.

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Cat Meow 2 years ago

Someone count the points please. I'm curious. (I really don't play Scrabble... XD)

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Lilya 2 years ago

Person: That's amazing! Me: That's sausage to me. Person: No, the post I was talking about. Me: SAUSAGE

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Johan Nobel 2 years ago

Funny, most of these work for Dutch as well and no, Dutch != German

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Anna Brandigi 2 years ago

Well, they're not wrong

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Tiny Dynamine 2 years ago

For your information, German isn't shouted aggressively by Germans at all. We imply that from the second world war because of how the Gestapo were. If you say the above German word normally, it sounds quite nice.

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Beatrice Alighieri 2 years ago

This is brilliant, I can't stop laughing XD

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Bianca Gue 2 years ago

English is for the lazy people. :-P

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Sarah Schmidt 2 years ago

A few years ago I saw a video about how english sounds to non-english speakers. Is there a video like that about the german language? Do we really sound that bad? I really want to know!

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YsaPur 2 years ago

- Why? - Because sausage.

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Dixon's Mama 2 years ago

Love it!

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M. Schweitzer 2 years ago

So true - auch für uns!

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Cat Meow 2 years ago

Plenty or opportunities to use that one...

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Gunnar Schreck 2 years ago

Correct translation is "Wissenschaft". This here would translate into "Natural Sciences"

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

As in the tree?

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Brigitte 2 years ago

Only the ballpoint pen is called Kugelschreiber. Every other pen is Stift.

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Anna Brandigi 2 years ago

start saying dicc instead of thicc

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Little Menace 2 years ago

The Holzweg one is a favourite of mine because you can tell where it's from. In Germany [and probably other places], there are paths through the forest that lead nowhere apart from a big pile of felled wood, stored there by the woodcutters. So if you end up at a dead end staring at a pile of wood, you are on the wood-way. I.e the wrong path.

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Anna Brandigi 2 years ago

glove snowball thrower 😂

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ADHORTATOR 2 years ago

Or "Da liegt der Hund begraben" The dog is buried there

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Tadeáš Bucha 2 years ago

in Slovakia as well :)

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Amanda H. 2 years ago

Give me your answer so otherwise (That's what it says..) I must always speak German and "give you fear"

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Francesca Bellan 2 years ago

Weird! In Italian we also use smoking, mobbing and pullover in exactly the same way :-D

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Intensive Panda 2 years ago

Those words make sense but are actually made up (as I tried to explain in the comment section on the bottom)

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Nela Rothenbach 2 years ago

I'm sorry but it's: Blütenblätter - without n. Yes, German plural froms are just as complicated as the rest of the language; -)

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Jörg Zingler 2 years ago

Thats the politically correct new name. The old one is: "Negerkuss". (negroes kiss)

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Quant 2 years ago

I honestly did not know I lived in the butt of Bjork ;P

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Jörg Zingler 2 years ago

Swiss tv programs are subtitled on German tv.

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TroubledPotato 2 years ago

Ohhhhh. This is why German isn't a love language.

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Cat Meow 2 years ago

Now I now what the inspiration to Pushing Daisies was... didn't take me like 10 years or so. Nope. XD

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Taco Cat 2 years ago

He he he ha ha he he

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Just a Purpler 2 years ago

Does it really? I mean this sentence makes sense in "Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo", but none of us actually understand it the first time we hear it...

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Intensive Panda 2 years ago

because "Tafel" has several meanings and Google Translator somehow manages to pick not the right one. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

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Joe Dad 2 years ago

I don't think it's funny at all. Hitler was no laughing matter. Moreover, he was born in Austria.

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Clara Henriette 2 years ago

czech little match box

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Lauren Kaufmann 2 years ago

y'all don't have ablative?

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Anna Linnaeus 2 years ago

I'm a 70's baby and used to read German pop mag Bravo in the 80's and remember the articles on Back to the Future. Zurück zum Zukunft takes some serious tongue-wrapping.

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Fabian Erdmann 2 years ago

We have the same word "Nationalität" :P :D

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Hellysal 2 years ago

Polish: Samolot (flies on its own) :D And for car: Samochód (walks on its own) c:

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Happy Ghost 2 years ago

...Czech: Barva, Slovak: Farba

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Karina Bleul 2 years ago

just "Krawatte" Seide=Silk

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Paul Kilmer 2 years ago

Extra Dick = Extra Thick.

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Emmanuel Christian 2 years ago

why the always exclamation marks?

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