If you enjoy the odd digestive after-dinner drink you might have guessed what this week’s German Word of the Week literally translates to in English: schnapps idea. Since any idea you might have after a few schnapps is unlikely to be one that you’ll carry into execution the following day, the meaning of Schnapsidee becomes obvious: it’s a silly idea. The Germans’ love for schnapps in everyday life and in the German language does not end here, though. A repdigit, for example, is called a Schnapszahl (schnapps digit). It can only be assumed that the thinking behind naming repdigits Schnapszahl is that repeated instances of the same number occur so rarely that alcohol must play some sort of role! In this spirit: PROST!

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