(06-18-2020, 05:15 AM)Klaus Wrote:(06-17-2020, 02:39 PM)mst Wrote: Great one, David, (censored) inf..kingcredible!
(06-17-2020, 02:22 PM)Klaus Wrote: Technically there is no limit on the size of a German word. But I reckon at some stage you may have forgotten already where you started. ;-)
Not only on the size of words, but sentences, too The habit of putting the subject and verb at the opposing ends of a sentence, while also embedding a truckload of additional clauses and sentences in-between, regularly drives translators nuts
Recommended read for those interested in more details: Mark Twain's essay "The awful German language"
Btw., there is a german word that describes the fear or phobia of (using) long words:
I do fully agree - German IS an awful language. It's just way more complicated than it needs to be.
One of the text books we used at varsity was a book on genetics by a German professor, in German. I well remember a sentence of over 1 1/2 pages long in smalliish print, set close together, where you basically had to analyze the structure and grammar in order to even vaguely understand what he was saying.
Reminded me of some of the Latin stuff we had to translate at high school. I honestly do think that Germans did take their inspiration there, as some of the best translations of, e.g., Virgil (Vergilius), were in German I found, and preferably in gothic print, of course .
Kind regards, Wim
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