Schnitzeljagd

Schnitzeljagd ("hunt for Schnitzels"): That’s what Germans call a game of treasure hunt.

literally: “Schnitzel hunt” / meaning: “treasure hunt”

I vivdly remember these birthday parties where we had to walk through our town and follow little clues to find a treasure. I also remember my birthdays being in February and everyone having a terrible cold the next day.

These games of treasure hunt are called Schnitzeljagd in German, and it’s quite hard to tell what they have to do with everyone’s favorite breaded meat slices. Well, not very much at all, it turned out. The German word Schnitzel is also (albeit far less frequently) used for little shreds of paper. So, the word Schnitzeljagd refers to the paper scraps that were sometimes used to form the iconic arrows on the ground indicating the right way.

To be honest, the absence of real Schnitzels did not bother me that much back then, as good old 90s candy like Chupa Chups, Hubba Bubba or Maoam were the best prize I could imagine.

https://www1.wdr.de/radio/wdr2/themen/frag-doch-mal-die-maus/schnitzeljagd-100.html

German Is Weird: Crazy Words von Arschkarte bis Zielwasser - from "ass card" to "aiming water"

For more language weirdness, check the brand new “German is weird” book. 

Related Weirdness

German is weird: Fun Facts and Trivia about the German language

This blog is a love letter to the curiosities of the German language that give it its poetic and, at times, oddly humorous qualities.

German Is Weird: Crazy Words von Arschkarte bis Zielwasser - from "ass card" to "aiming water"

The “German Is Weird” book is now available: order here!

Weirdest Articles
Instagram Feed
Categories