Longest Finnish Word?
I mentioned in a previous post that Finland has laid claim to the longest single-word palindrome in the world – with the word saippuakauppias – so you can probably imagine that ordinary Finnish words that aren’t spelled the same backward and forward can get pretty long. According to the 1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters, the longest Finnish word is
As far as I can tell, it seems to mean “You mean, not even (when it’s done) with their (usual) lack of systematization?” Or maybe “Are you telling me they didn’t even use their (trademark) lack of organization?”
Or something like that. Depends on the context. If anyone can use it in a sentence to clarify, please let me know.
I love how one Finnish word equals 9 English words (or 13, depending on how you measure it). It is also an elegant example of how one word can be a sentence in Finnish. Of course, one word can be a sentence in English, too, but it’ll be a lot shorter. Right? Agreed.
As often happens, though, the number of letters is about the same in both languages. We just like to put spaces between ours.
Anybody got a longer word?