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When encountering this question I searched for a tag to mark words, which are never spoken by a living person, but live only in official documents. It would a a kind of counterpart to colloquial.

Further illustrative examples are:

  • Typprüfungsbescheinigung
  • Fernsprechverzeichnis

Pro: Since these words are frequently compounds of two or more substantives, a learner will likely fail to find them in dictionaries.

Contra: There may be too few questions to apply.

A German variant is Amtsdeutsch.

Any opinions?

  • Note that we already have legal-terminology. – Wrzlprmft Aug 12 '16 at 15:34
  • Inventing a word for a tag might not be effective in helping learners find said category. Most English-speaking students will know about legalese – hiergiltdiestfu Aug 15 '16 at 9:30
  • @hiergiltdiestfu: Didn't invent, see pons – guidot Aug 15 '16 at 10:21
  • oh, ok. Google ngram says, its usage is declining in favor of legalese: books.google.com/ngrams/… – hiergiltdiestfu Aug 16 '16 at 10:13

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