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Indecipherable German abbreviations

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I've noticed that Germans like abbreviating strings of words into individual letters, in order to thoroughly confuse the reader and complicate comprehension. Presumably the ultimate intention of the writer is to make themselves look highly intelligent. Needless to say, these abbreviations never appear in any dictionary.

 

This thread can be used to post examples of such abbreviations. Other users can then provide entertainment by suggesting possible solutions.

 

My two examples from today alone (both from completely different people, despite the common theme) are as follows:

 

 

Korrigiert werden müsste v.a. die Einleitung und die restlichen Seiten

 

Die Einleitung ist a.m.S. ok

Any clues?

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http://abkuerzungen.woxikon.de/abkuerzung/ams.php

 

Edit: None apply

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vor allem

aus meiner Sicht

 

 

Both unnecessary anyhow.

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v.a. - vor allem: a very common abb

 

a.m.S. - aus meiner Sicht: IMO ott and someone making himself look more busy and important than he is

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Alright, thanks for the answers. Definitely both superfluous, especially the "vor allem".

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Ever watched a newsreel from the former DDR? They really went to town on (spoken) abbreviations, far worse than here & now...

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English is a lot easier on this. IRS, FBI, CIA, MoD, FSA.

 

The prevalence of compound words clearly make this tougher in German. Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien becomes KGaA instead of KaA. Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht becomes BaFin (which always sounds like "barfin'") instead of BfF. Beziehungsweise is the one that gets always me; bzw instead of bw. Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland becomes ARD, so Die Gebühreneinzugszentrale der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland should be GRD, right? No, it's GEZ. Then there's St. Vo, the patron saint of traffic offenders (Straßenverkehrsordnung); why isn't it SVO?

 

Has anyone else noticed the tendency to give cutsey, sing-songy "nicknames"" to things with long toungue-twisters, but that the cutesier the acronym/contraction, the worse the thing actually is (Kripo, Stasi, Nazi), whereas fun stuff like swimming naked and bras become the grim-sounding FKK and BH.

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There's Schubi (Schubkarren) and Hubi (Hubschrauber) which are a bit ridiculous

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the tendency to give cutsey, sing-songy "nicknames"" to things with long toungue-twisters, but that the cutesier the acronym/contraction, the worse the thing actually is (Kripo, Stasi, Nazi), whereas fun stuff like swimming naked and bras become the grim-sounding FKK and BH.

 

Top observation!

 

I offer you Stuka as well, i was collecting them for a while but right now i cant think of any other.

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My favourite is "Mifrifi" for "Mittelfristige Finanzplanung".

You decide if that is a good or a bad thing.

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And KaDeWe in Berlin. When it was celebrating its 100th birthday, it got a mention on the BBC news where they called it Cader Wee.

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Cracked another one. "Lt." = "laut", as in "according to". What a brilliant abbreviation, reducing the number of characters from four down to three. Even worse than "w/" for "with" in English.

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More stupid ones: Hr. = Herr, Frl. = Fräulein

and mfg = Mit freundlichen Grüßen (if you want to be really impolite)

"mfg" by Die Fantastischen 4:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zfczKwT9o0

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I dont see why the abbreviations are stupid, every language has its own unusual traits you just have to learn as a non native speaker.

French has dropped vowels and apostrophes nearly everywhere, English has abbreviations for not when combined with certain verbs.

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Has anyone else noticed the tendency to give cutsey, sing-songy "nicknames"" to things with long toungue-twisters, but that the cutesier the acronym/contraction, the worse the thing actually is (Kripo, Stasi, Nazi), whereas fun stuff like swimming naked and bras become the grim-sounding FKK and BH.

 

You forgot GeStaPo.

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that is one of the standard abbreviation styles, taking the first syllables of the phrase and putting them together.

nothing intentionally sing songy.

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Do other languages do that? It seems that mostly in English we use the one intial letter and not the first pair.

 

Otherwise you would have NoAtTrOr or UnNa, WoHeOr instead.

 

Of course the French just do it backwards out of spite but even they use only the one letter.

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Do other languages do that?

Yes, Swedish (sometimes). Säpo = Säkerhetspolisen = Security Service.

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Reviving this because I heard a new one today: I thought I'd heard pretty much everything on German abbreviations... My boss told me to tell some Handwerker about something to do with APU-Leisten, so I passed the message on and found out these are Anputz-Leisten. Far as I can work out, it's some sort of profile a plasterer uses instead of plastering strips, around windows. I'm sure the DIY-knowledgeable will be along shortly to explain it more fully.

 

EDIT: LuMa was one of my favorites too.

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The most common one I've seen a lot is LG . liebe Grüße

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