• Jabe Stafford

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity!

Schlacht - schlacht n [Ger, literally “battle, slaughter”; cf Ger Schlachtfest a festival held at the time of pig slaughtering] esp WI A drinking party. 2001 DARE File cWI (as of c1950s), My father often referred to a sort of drinking party as a “Schlacht.” This was usually one which had got rough or out of hand and sometimes taken on the aspects of a bar brawl. Some of his friends used the term as well. The usage certainly went back at least as far as their college days in the early 1930s.

“It all started with a Schlacht night.”

“Figures that the number one (sometimes number two) state at drinking has a German term that means bar-brawl-drinking-party.”

“We really should re-start the tradition of Schlacht Saturdays!”

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Works Cited

Cassidy, Frederic G. Chief Editor. Dictionary Of American Regional English. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. Print

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