What does "hapschie" mean?
I'm sorry if this isn't the best place to ask, but Yahoo Answers is no help. I am reading a poem and the lines:
"Nimmt seine Dose aus der Tasche,
Nimmt eine Prise, macht hapschie!"
came up. I'm assuming he's taking a pinch from a can of chewing tobacco or snuff or something, but what does hapschie mean?
My grandmother is a native German speaker and even she said she doesn't know what it means, but we guessed it was an onomatopoeia of a sneeze.
We usually say hatschi (English: atchoo) which seems to fit here. I don't know "hapschie" either, and I'm German.
Strandfloh is right it is usally hatschi. If little children have to sneeze their mothers say to them hatschi. The same happens after taking a pinch of snuff. Your nose starts to prickle, you have to sneeze and someone around says: hatschi
guess it's a local (or poetic) way of expressing that you sneeze. The poem seems oldfashioned, something like Wilhelm Busch (19th century)