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End of Germany's longest word

3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago June 03, 2013 Jun 3, 2013 Monday, June 03 2013 June 03, 2013 6:32 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

BERLIN- Germany's longest word is no more after some tweaking to state laws to conform with current European Union regulations.

The word Rindfleischetickettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertrangungsgesetz was dropped. It means "law delegating beef label monitoring."

It was introduced in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in 1999 as part of the measure against mad cow disease. But the law was taken off the books last week because EU rules changed.

The word was rarely used and not found in the dictionary.

Now, the longest word in the German dictionary is Kraftfahrzeung-Haftplflichtversicherung, which means automobile liability insurance.

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