Wednesday 21 August 2019

Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung is Austria's word of year

Alexander Van Der Bellen finally won the election (AP)
Alexander Van Der Bellen finally won the election (AP)

Austria has revealed its mind-bogglingly long word of the year - Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung - inspired by the country's similarly lengthy presidential election.

The tongue-twister, which translates as "postponement of the repeat of the run-off of the presidential election", was derived from the record time it took to elect the country's president.

A first round in April was followed by a May run-off between the two most popular candidates. This was annulled because of irregularities.

A new date set for October was then postponed because of faulty absentee ballots to December 4, when the vote was won by Alexander Van Der Bellen.

The winning word was announced following a poll of 10,000 people carried out by the Research Unit for Austrian German at the University of Graz, in co-operation with the Austria Press Agency.

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