Pitkiä suomalaisia sanoja – Long Finnish words


compound-wordsCan you make up a new Finnish word which would name this new machine? Watch this video and combine a few Finnish words into one to name it!

According to this article the Guinness Records lists the longest compound Finnish word as lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas (61 letters), meaning an  airplane jet turbine engine assistant mechanic officer student. The longest non-compound word (made up by deriving a word only with the use of particles and endings) is epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän (49 letters) – you can translate it yourself  ;-)

The interesting thing with the compound words is that the words which make it up can be in any form. Some examples:

  • työssäkäyvä (työ, käydä) – someone who goes to work, työtätekevä (työ, tehdä) – someone who does some work
  • uudelleensynnyttäjä – someone who gives birth again
  • takaa-ajaja – chaser (with a car)

Some words can also have a figurative, new meaning after composition

  • edelläkävijä – pioneer, someone who develops new ideas, things in a certain domain
  • poissaoleva – someone who is not present mentally, absent-minded

Now, can you think of a name for the machine in the video above? Post it on Facebook, Twitter or as a comment to this article.