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Ten ingenious German abbreviations

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Ten ingenious German abbreviations
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Every language has its own abbreviations and acronyms, but German takes things to a whole new level by combining the two. Perhaps it's only fair given how long the words get.

Known in German as "Abkürzungen" (abbreviations), these words are used to squash long, wordy phrases or names into a bite-size, manageable chunks, by combining the first syllable of each word or compound word.

This is so common in German that they often exist as words in their own right, without people realizing that they are actually abbreviations.  

Perhaps it comes from the fact the Germans love to build incredibly long words, which they then can no longer be bothered to say.

Here are our ten favourites:

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