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Germany Drops 63-Letter Word Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz

03/06/2013 15:33 BST | Updated 03/06/2013 16:16 BST

Germany has dropped a 63-letter word which refers to the “law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling”.

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz was repealed by a regional parliament, The Telegraph reports, after the EU lifted a recommendation to carry out BSE tests on healthy cattle.

The tongue-twister – often abbreviated as RkReÜAÜG, will now be replaced with the catchily phrased new law Landesverordnung über die Zuständigkeiten für die Überwachung der Rind-und Kalbfleischetikettierung, which The Local translates as “state edict on the responsibilities for the monitoring of beef and veal labelling”.

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Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz is a word no longer (file picture of English Scrabble board)

If all this causes you to break out in a sweat, bear in mind the longest word in the English language takes 213 minutes to recite.

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The word - which is actually the name of a giant protein called Titin - begins with "Methio," ends with "leucine," and has a total of 189,819 letters, Geekologie.com reports. (Scroll down to watch a video of Dmitry Golubovskiy reciting it over the course of more than three hours, if you’re that way inclined).

That whopper, however, didn’t make it into the Oxford Dictionary of English. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis does though.

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