06 May 2009

Bad news for Johann Gambolputty...

Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dangle-dongle-
dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic- grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich- himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-n├╝rnburger-bratwurstle- gerspurten-mit-tzwei-macheluber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shoenendanker- kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm would be distressed to learn than multiply-hyphenated names are not legal in Germany. Apparently "people must keep their surnames to a maneageable length in order to secure the name's power of identification," according to the Constitutional Court. George V would be happy to know that switching from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor was so ahead of it's time, though.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one who connected the story about the overly-long German names to the skit about Johann Gambolputty!!