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    Swedish is the Worlds Richest Language: Swede

    A Swede, a Russian, and your resident Aussie walked into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, I know, but the Swede wasnt joking and the Russian wasnt laughing.

    Nothing new here, perhaps, until the Swede said:

    Swedish is the worlds richest language, in fact its infinite and its all thanks to compounding.

    This is where you plug any old words together to make a new one, like 'dishwasher' in English. We thrive on this in Swedish, and even words invented on the spot are completely legitimate.

    Look at this menu," he said. 'Shrimp sandwich', two separate things and two words, but one word in Swedish rksmrgs.

    He opened his bag, and began excitedly pulling things out.

    Nail polish remover one word: nagellackborttagningsmedel. The Half Blood Prince, he said, waving a Harry Potter book in the air Also just one word halvblodsprinsen. These are all singular words, and Im just getting started.

    I was about to tell him that he neednt pull out anything else, as the bags contents were even more dubious than his claims, but he changed tack.

    Every single number from one upwards is just one word. 125 is one word: etthundratjugifem. 253,125 is one word too: tvhundrafemtitretusenetthundratjugifem. Think of all those words for a start!

    You cant count those! I exclaimed, but the pun was lost in the heat of the moment.

    Swedish is the most comprehensive language by far. It is factually unlimited. Case closed."
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    Well, Swedish isnt the only Germanic language with such options. Our German language got it as well: The option to create infidel compound words.

    To use the examples from above:

    Nail polish remover: Nagellackentferner
    Shrimp sandwich: Garnelenbrtchen
    The Half Blood Prince: Der Halbblutprinz
    837194: Achthundertsiebenunddreiigtausendeinhun dertvierundneunzig <-- Skadi automatically segregates the word but theres no blank. And its a fully legitimate and grammatically correct word in German language.


    An other quite famous one: "Society of steamboat navigation on Danube river": Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft

    Try to translate Nachmittagsverbldungsfernsehsendung into English language.

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    I suppose the Russian was already too drunk to rebut.
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    The Swede was gregarious?

    I am surprised that the Swede said anything because I did not read in the story that anyone had introduced themselves properly.

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    Just like Norwegian, Danish, German and a whole lot of other languages.
    Please don't confuse the terms "nordid" and "nordic".

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    It's also like this in Icelandic and probably many others. Vegavinnuverkfraskrslyklakippuhringuri nn this is not a word anyone uses but it is a nice example it means the ring on the key chain for the tool shed of the road workers, I couldn't make a one word for it in english.
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    Good example with a German word.

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    Swedish is a German dialect just like so many others

    Anyone who speaks fluent German knows full well that ALL Germanic languages are dirivatives of the Mother language called "Indo-Germanic". And todays modern German is the PUREST form of Germanic. This is fact, take it or leave it.

    Languages like Netherlands, Switzerdeutsch and Flemisch are perfect examples of dialects which have become recognized as seperate languages, but the expert linguist knows that these are all "degenerate forms" of a more precise and more uniform mother-form. The Scadinavian linguistic group falls into this category also.

    Here is one modern German word: Zweckentfremdung. Try writing this word in any of the other Germanic dialects. All those other examples leave something to be desired and will be less precise. I do not mean to sound like a linguistic chauvinists, but I must take that risk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekonhammer View Post
    And todays modern German is the PUREST form of Germanic. This is fact, take it or leave it.
    Seeing as the Germanic proper spread from Scandinavia, I would say that Icelandic is the "purest" Germanic language. Close second would perhaps be Faroese.
    Please don't confuse the terms "nordid" and "nordic".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granraude View Post
    Seeing as the Germanic proper spread from Scandinavia, I would say that Icelandic is the "purest" Germanic language.
    Do you have sources for that?
    The West and North Germanic languages had a common linguistical "ancestor" in proto-Germanic but the former most probably(as nothing is certain when it comes to this as the roots are obscure) doesn't have its origins in the latter.

    The, nowadays extinct, East Germanic languages however likely descend directly from the North Germanic languages.
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    Since the tribes spread from Scandinavia, I would suspect the languages followed suit. Nothing more.
    Please don't confuse the terms "nordid" and "nordic".

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