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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

not only can German do this but it can do it with twice as many letters

German is an agglutinative language - it contructs words by gluing lots of smaller words together (like Forth - except, unlike Forth, you are expected to see and say all the parts).

English kind of does that too (there is, after all, a sort-of-Germanic language buried under all the layers of languages that we've stolen from elsewhere). Hence - database is a base that contains data. We tend to stop after a certain number of syllables, but German seems to prefer long words.

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