Longest word in the German language goes obsolete

June 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

BERLIN, June 5 (UPI) -- The longest word in the German language, Rindfleischetikettierungsuberwachungsaufgabenubertragungsgesetz, has been nixed by regional officials.

The word, the title of a law regulating the testing of beef, was rendered obsolete recently when the law to which it refers was repealed by a regional parliament after the European Union dropped requirements for mad cow disease tests to be carried out on healthy cattle, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

The law, which was introduced in 1999, was commonly abbreviated as "RkReUAUG," the Los Angeles Times reported.

The longest word in German dictionary Duden, which did not include Rindfleischetikettierungsuberwachungsaufgabenubertragungsgesetz due to its infrequency of use, is Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherun, which means motor vehicle liability insurance.

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