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Old 2019-03-03, 23:24   #67
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Oops when this thread appeared as having new posts I didn't notice how old that one post was.
What does it matter? Conversations often have lapses and resumptions. The fact that the text is all recorded makes it easier for a thread to stretch over time and still retain context.
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Old 2019-03-04, 01:41   #68
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What does it matter? Conversations often have lapses and resumptions. The fact that the text is all recorded makes it easier for a thread to stretch over time and still retain context.
Yes, I agree. I don't understand the idea that somehow threads lose value just because they are old. Indeed some of the best threads here are "old".
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Old 2019-03-04, 02:47   #69
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How about long names? ( courtesy Monty python )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYMRjnM6j6w
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Old 2019-03-04, 04:58   #70
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It's interesting that a common list of long place names claims Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu, New Zealand as the longest. It is the longest single-word name, fitting in this post nicely. But as Wikipedia points out, กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตนราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์ is definitely longer. Though thank goodness it only goes by กรุงเทพ or กรุงเทพฯ in common speech. Or Bangkok or BKK.
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Old 2019-09-05, 23:29   #71
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Long words like this are very common in German. If I remember correctly, the word for exceeding the speed limit is 37 letters.
OK, *now* I'm necroposting - was just reviewing some past gems in this thread, and came across the above from 2005, which is followed by several attempts to guess the word in question, none of whcih comes out to exactly 37 letters. But I got it - the desired word is in all likelihood Maximalgeschwindigkeitsüberschreitung. Which, if one is found guilty of, might lead to one being the recipient of a Maximalgeschwindigkeitsüberschreitungstrafgebührverordnung.

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Old 2019-09-06, 10:07   #72
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I heard "Tungnafellsjökull" (extinct volcano in Iceland)
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Old 2019-09-06, 18:53   #73
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I heard "Tungnafellsjökull" (extinct volcano in Iceland)
"jökull" is Icelandic for glacier, so maybe said volcano has been covered with ice?
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Old 2019-09-07, 16:50   #74
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Which, if one is found guilty of, might lead to one being the recipient of a Maximalgeschwindigkeitsüberschreitungstrafgebührverordnung.
Do you also get a receipt for that?
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Old 2019-09-07, 19:54   #75
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Do you also get a receipt for that?
You mean a Maximalgeschwindigkeitsüberschreitungstrafgebührverordnungbezahlungsabrechnungsbeleg? Yes, make sure they give you one of those when you go to pay the fine.
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Old 2019-09-07, 23:57   #76
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The longest word in English I was told of growing up is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters). This is, it seems, the champion example of the academic writing maxim, never use a short word when a long word will do. This word, apparently contrived to be the longest word in any major dictionary, is synonymous with "silicosis."
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Old 2019-09-08, 09:09   #77
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For English speakers: remember the old joke:
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If you want to buy a pet, you go to a pet shop.
If you want to buy a pet shop, you go to a pet shop shop.
If you want to buy a pet shop shop ... well that's just silly.
Now imagine you speak a language in which pet shop is a single word...
In mathematics, of course, such constructions are not silly but occur regularly.

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