It’s one of the longest words in German and something to consider on National German Language Day, which occurs every September 12.
“Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz” may seem like gibberish to the non-German language speaker. In actuality, this word (which we won’t even attempt to pronounce) is now obsolete. It translates as “Beef labeling monitoring delegation Act.” And yet, today, we mourn its loss.
German is the language of poets Bertolt Brecht, Rainer Maria Rilke and the classic Weimar-era cinema. To promote the language and encourage more people to learn it, the German Language Association (VDS) created this day 17 years ago, helping to revive the speaking of German across the globe.