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2019-03-03, 23:24   #67

"Kieren"
Jul 2011
In My Own Galaxy!

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by petrw1 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.

2019-03-04, 01:41   #68
retina
Undefined

"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair

10101100110112 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by kladner 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".

 2019-03-04, 02:47 #69 tServo     "Marv" May 2009 near the Tannhäuser Gate 17·29 Posts How about long names? ( courtesy Monty python ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYMRjnM6j6w
 2019-03-04, 04:58 #70 danaj   "Dana Jacobsen" Feb 2011 Bangkok, TH 2×11×41 Posts 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.
2019-09-05, 23:29   #71
ewmayer
2ω=0

Sep 2002
República de California

2·5,639 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by grandpascorpion 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.

Last fiddled with by ewmayer on 2019-09-05 at 23:31

 2019-09-06, 10:07 #72 Tim25N   Sep 2019 USA 116 Posts I heard "Tungnafellsjökull" (extinct volcano in Iceland)
2019-09-06, 18:53   #73
ewmayer
2ω=0

Sep 2002
República de California

2·5,639 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Tim25N I heard "Tungnafellsjökull" (extinct volcano in Iceland)
"jökull" is Icelandic for glacier, so maybe said volcano has been covered with ice?

2019-09-07, 16:50   #74
LaurV
Romulan Interpreter

Jun 2011
Thailand

206078 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by ewmayer 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?

2019-09-07, 19:54   #75
ewmayer
2ω=0

Sep 2002
República de California

260168 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by LaurV 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.

 2019-09-07, 23:57 #76 Dr Sardonicus     Feb 2017 Nowhere 2×23×71 Posts 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."
 2019-09-08, 09:09 #77 Nick     Dec 2012 The Netherlands 101011111112 Posts For English speakers: remember the old joke: Code: 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. Last fiddled with by Nick on 2019-09-08 at 09:10

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