For all those who speak German and indeed for all those who don’t — welcome Austria’s word of the year, increasing the challenges of speaking and reading the language.
It’s “Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung,” or “postponement of the repeat of the runoff of the presidential election.”
The tongue-twister was born of the record time it took to choose Austria’s President, and was declared following a poll of 10,000 people accomplished in cooperation with the Austria Press Agency at the University of Graz, by the Research Unit for Austrian German.
Followed by a May runoff, the first round was in April between the two most popular contenders. This was declared invalid because of irregularities. A new date set for October was then shifted because of faulty absentee ballots to Dec. 4, when the vote was won by Alexander Van der Bellen.