Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Drehorgelspieler

Here is a typical german long word: Drehorgelspieler. It's actually a nice feature in German language (in my opinion) that you just connect different nouns together and create a new word through that. This one contains Dreh (twist), Orgel (organ), Spieler (player) - the English translation would be "organ grinder" (according to my dictionary). Sometimes they're also called "Leierkastenmann" (another nice long word).

Let's see, what other long words do you know? How about Fabrikschornsteinfegerbürste (a chimney sweeper's brush for a factory chimney)?

Carlos offered: Schraubenschlüssel, Fußgängerzone and Pflegespülung
Philipp mentioned: Donaudampfschiffahrtskapitänsmütze

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19 Comments:

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Sam said...

I love the stuffed monkey, lol!!

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Grant F said...

nice pic nicola...my favourite german words in high school were Schraubenschlüßel (not sure if that should be ss after the spelling reform!), Fußgängerzone and Pfelegespülung! great sounds!!

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Great nostalgia pic. We used to have one (with a monkey) in our town when I was a child.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Karine said...

ahhhhahaha your posting is so funny Nicola !! I like it. First of all, really nice picture. And yes I remember the germa words and the fact that you can connect each one and form a whole word ;) It is kind of cool actually. But if you were hearing me saying Fabrikschornsteinfegerbürste right at the moment, you will probably burst out laughing;)

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger wisconsin pics said...

very cool and intresting one man band like this one

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger Ali said...

Those are some big words! Instead of using many different words to describe a single thing you can use a single HUGE word! The person actually looks very posh from my view (with that suit and tophat). Are these people poor?

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

sam - yes, that's sweet.

grant - wow, you've got quite a repertoire here! But now that you say it, they really sound nice. Never thought of that... :)

bob - I always loved to listen to them when I was a kid. Nowadays, I guess, I don't really take the time anymore.

karine - now worries, that's not really a word used everyday. But we can practice some German when you come :).

wisconsin pics - a one man band he is. Just looks a bit bored when I took this photo...

ali - I don't know. He might be trying to look old school. Maybe he's a pensioner trying to get some extra money.

 
At 8:20 PM, Blogger Lisi said...

I agree with Karine, I would probably burst out laughing when I hear that word...do u do well in spelling? :-) oh, btw, that machine reminds me of the one in "Phantom of the Opera".

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Jasp said...

I guess you cannot get real monkeys any more (good thing). He is very smart so I guess he is not doing this for the money.

 
At 10:12 PM, Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

great find...his instruments and his dress...make this shot lot of character...nice capture:-)

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger Philipp said...

*loool*cool explanation ;-) What about "Donaudampfschiffahrtskapitänsmütze"?

 
At 10:41 PM, Anonymous BrianG said...

Organ grinders listened, outside the opera houses, to the orchestra practicing a new composition. Next day they played the music on the streets.

In 1851, in Venice, Verdi walked past an organ grinder who had a large sign: 'Giuseppe the Great'. Verdi was appalled; the organ grinder was playing Rigoletto. "Faster, faster", said Verdi striding by in disgust.

The next day, Verdi walked past the organ grinder and the sign read 'Giuseppe the Great - Student of Verdi'. Or, so I have been told by a reliable source - Brian.

 
At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Michael said...

Reminds me that in Bislama the language of Vanuatu that a piano is "black fala box we igat black teeth, hemi gat white teeth you faetem hard i singout…"

 
At 1:57 AM, Blogger Dia said...

Nice photo, gives a little bit the feeling of the past ;)
I remember the exact expression that a friend of mine used, he was learning german, "some words are as long as railroads" :)

 
At 4:49 AM, Anonymous grainofsand said...

It's tough to pronounce also spell that chimney sweeper's brush word in german ! But learning german is on my agenda.

 
At 5:24 AM, Blogger grainofsand said...

I have started a daily photo blog of the city I live in. Do check it.

 
At 8:34 AM, Blogger Anna said...

Very funny

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

lisi - yes, that would be a tough word in a spelling contest. :)

jasp - you're right, no real monkeys anymore. Good thing!

outdoorexposure - thanks! He can be seen from time to time in the pedestrian area in Wiesbaden. I don't think he comes everyday but I guess you could still call him a regular.

philipp - Great! That's a classic - how could I forget it?? I'm gonna add it to my description...

briang - Big smile!! That's a great story! Very clever! ;) Thanks for sharing it!!

michael - Smile! Well, that would be something for a spelling contest!! ;)

dia - "some words are as long as railroads" - that's a very good description. :) Hope that doesn't make it too confusing for people learning German...

grainofsand - great, come here and practice fom time to time then. Thanks for letting me know about your new blog - can't wait to see your pictures there!

anna - :) Thanks!

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite is Pillenschachteldeckeluhr

 

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