Das habe ich auch, als ich es kriegte. Ich war noch in Deutschland und die ganze Kanzlei wollte nachschauen, warum ich Tränen lachte. Vor dem Weitererzählen kannst du die erforderlichen Korrekturen vornehmen...
sP: und bei den Hottentotten gibt es auch keine Kängurus... Sie sind nämlich in Südafrika ! ;-D http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hottentotten
Edit: angeblich aus einem Buch von Mark Twain entnommen
Beauties of the German Language
Written in 1898, Vienna
February 3rd - Lectured for the benefit of a charity last night, in the Börsendorfer Saal. Just as I was going on the platform, a messenger delivered to me an envelope with my name on it, and this written under it: "Please read one of these tonight". Enclosed were a couple of newspaper clippings - two versions of an anecdote, one German, the other English. I was minded to try the German one on those people, just to see what would happen, but my courage weakened when I noticed the formidable look of the closing word, and I gave it up. A pity, too, for it ought to read well on the platform and get an encore. That or a brickbat. There is never any telling what a new audience will do; their tastes are capricious. The point of this anecdote is a justifiable gibe at the German longword, and is not as much of an exaggeration as one might think. The German longword is not a legitimate construction, but an ignoble artificiality, a sham. It has no recognition by the dictionary and is not found there. It is made by jumbling a lot of words into one, in a quite unnecessary way; it is a lazy device of the vulgar and a crime against the language. Nothing can be gained, no valuable amount of space saved, by jumbling the following words together on a business card: "Mrs. Smith, widow of the late commander-in-chef of the police department", yet a German widow can persuade herself to do it, without much trouble: "Mrs.-late-commander-in-chief-of-the-police-department's-widow Smith".
This is the English version of the anecdote:
A Dresden paper, the Weidmann, which thinks that there are kangaroos (Beutelratte) in South Africa, says the hottentots (Hottentotten) put them in cages (Kotter) provided with covers (Lattengitter) to protect them from the rain.
The cages are therefore called Lattengitterwetterkotter, and the imprisoned kangaroo Lattengitterwetterkotterbeutelratte.
One day, and assassin (Attentäter) was arrested who had killed a hottentot woman (Hottentottenmutter), the mother of two stupid and stuttering children (Stottertrottel). This woman, in the German language, is entitled Hottentottenstottertrottelmutter, and her assassin takes the name Hottentottenstottertrottelmutterattentäter. The murderer was confined to a cage - Beutelrattenlattengitterwetterkotter - whence a few days later he escaped, but fortunately was recaptured by a hottentot, who presented himself at the mayor's office with beaming face: "I have captured the Beutelratte", he said. "Which one?", asked the mayor, "we have several".
"Which Attentäter are you talking about?"
"About the Hottentottenstottertrottelmutterattentäter".
"Then why don't you say at once the Hottentottenstottertrottelmutterattentäterlattengitterwetterkotterbeutelratte"?