‘Die Schnapsidee’: A ‘liquor-idea’ is either an amazing drunk plan or so stupid only a drunk person could have thought it. There are some things only these German phrases can describe.
German is a beautiful language with lots of words that cannot be translated into English unless you’re describing them (which I will do below). There are no equivalent words in the English language, which makes these top German phrases a lot more special. You can find my favourite German words in English below.
The best German phrases and their meanings
|Das Fingerspitzengefühl||The feeling in your fingertips||To have empathy with other people|
|Die Schnapsidee||A liquor-idea||Either an amazing idea you have when drunk, or an idea that seems so stupid that the person who thought of it must have been intoxicated!|
|Die Waldeinsamkeit||The forest-loneliness||The feeling you get when you are alone in the wild, with just nature around you.|
|Torschlusspanik||Gate-shut panic||The feeling that time is running out, often for a life goal such as having children or finding ‘the one’.|
|Dornröschenschlaf||Beauty sleep||When someone or something is not responding to you – or showing little sign of action.|
|Gemütlichkeit||Feeling warm, cosy, relaxed and comfortable. For example, sitting by a warm fire with some friends.|
|Scheinheilig||Someone who is pretending to be friendly and nice, but is actually very sneaky and coy.|
|Fremdschämen||To be ashamed in somebody else’s place, for example when your friend says something stupid, and you stand next to them being ashamed in their place.|
|Treppenwitz||Staircase-wit||A brilliant response or comeback you think of after you have walked away and are ‘halfway down the stairs’.|
|Schadenfreude||Malicious pleasure||To take joy in somebody else’s pain or misfortune. For example, when the kid you never liked at school got punished by the teacher.|