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Why Germans Don't Play Scrabble

Frustration with learning German

Why Germans Don't Play Scrabble thanks to Howard Chapman

The longest German word?
Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften
translation: “Insurance companies providing legal protection”
(recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as
the longest German word in everyday use)

More seemingly-never-ending German words
Bezirksschornsteinfegermeister
“Head district chimney sweep”

Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän
“Danube steamship company captain”

Freundschaftsbezeigungen
“Demonstrations of friendship”

Fussbodenschleifmaschinenverleih
“Floor grinding machine rental”

Kaftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung
“Motor vehicle liability insurance”

Lebensabschnittpartner
“The person I am with today (partner or lover)”

Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften
“Insurance companies providing legal protection”

Siebentausendzweihundertvierundfünfzig
The integer 7,254

Unabhaengigkeitserklaerungen
“Independence declarations”


“Some German words are so long that they have perspective.”
Mark Twain
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Silence is safer than speech. - Epictetus

Humor is a universal language. - Joel Goodman

A riot is the language of the unheard. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

I'm a supporter of my free speech. - Howard Stern

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. - Martha Graham

Speech is of time; silence is of eternity. - Thomas Carlyle

A story is told as much by silence as by speech. - Susan Griffin

I will not down to posterity talking bad grammar. - Benjamin Disraeli

Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts. - Charles de Talleyrand

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides. - Rita Mae Brown

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. - Lily Tomlin

Changes in language often reflect the changing values of a culture. - Ravi Zacharias

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. - William Butler Yeats

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so. - Gore Vidal

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together. - Max Eastman

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. - John Erskine

I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine. - Peter Ustinov

If we are a country committed to free speech, then why do we have phone bills? - Steven Wright

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. - Thomas Carlyle

Language: The blood of the soul into which thoughts run, and out of which they grow - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. - Jane Wagner

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect. - Owens L. Pomeroy

We really have everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. - Oscar Wilde

Xenophobia doesn't benefit anybody unless you're playing high stakes Scrabble. - Dennis Miller

I am going to give a long speech today. I haven't had time to prepare a short one. - Winston Churchill

Speak when you're angry and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret. - L.J. Peter

The first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization. - Sigmund Freud

Language is our meeting place, the sea we live in... it is the common ground of our humanity. - Toby Wolfe

Grammar, which knows how to lord it over kings, and with high hands makes them obey its laws. - Moliere

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise, we do not believe in it at all. - Noam Chomsky

Sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in. - Jane Austen

Whatever music sounds like, I am glad to say that it does not sound in the smallest degree like German. - Oscar Wilde

The reason there are so many tree-lined boulevards in Paris is so the German army can march in the shade. - George S Patton

Already, companies that speak in the language of the pitch, the dog-and-pony show, are no longer speaking to anyone. - Unknown

Grammar: 1. Lives with granpar; 2. The difference between Feeling Your Nuts and Feeling You’re Nuts. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless. - Unknown

Charity, good behaviour, amiable speech, unselfishness - these by the chief sage have been declared the elements of popularity. - Burmese Proverb

Heard about the young deaf boy who used sign language?
One day he told his mother a dirty joke and she washed his hands out with soap. - Red Skelton

No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. So what if my stroke left me with a speech impediment? Moses had one, and he did all right. - Kirk Douglas


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