1. Skip to content
  2. Skip to main menu
  3. Skip to more DW sites
Young blond man surrounded by empty bottles, Photo: Fotolia/runzelkorn
Image: Fotolia/runzelkorn

Word of the Week: Schnapsidee

Anne-Sophie Brändlin
September 26, 2016

Is that the alcohol talking or are you just crazy? This quirky German Word of the Week will help you answer that question.

https://p.dw.com/p/1Ao0H

[No title]

"Hey, let's go rappelling on the side of that skyscraper!"

Let's face it. Some of the ideas we have when inebriated can be pretty ridiculous - even though they might make complete sense in the moment.

With all the beer produced in Germany, there is of course a word for an idea that sounds like it must have originated from a drunken state - "Schnapsidee."

A Schnapsidee literally means a "booze idea" and is a term commonly used to indicate that an idea sounds crazy, useless, or completely foolish.

However, most of the time Germans use the word even when they know there was no alcohol involved in someone's outlandish idea.

"A pony for Christmas? What a Schnapsidee," mom and dad might say to their seven-year-old.

Skip next section Explore more
Skip next section DW's Top Story

DW's Top Story

Locals help transfer humanitarian aid across a collapsed bridge near Novopetrivka, following the withdrawal of Russian troops from Kherson region

Ukraine updates: Kyiv marks Soviet-era famine as war rages

Skip next section More stories from DW
Go to homepage