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?


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