Thank you, Nick Tullius for again sharing some enlightening information. I hope you know
how much you are appreciated.
Anne Fetzner Parrish
I just learned from the Internet that the English word "schnapps" is derived
from the German word "Schnaps"! See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schnapps
From personal experience, I would say that in the pre-WWII villages of
Banat, the word "Raki" was more common, but everybody understood the
"Schnaps". The city dwellers probably used "Schnaps" because they
their own "herrisch" dialect, often in the assumption that is was "better
German" than the various versions of "schwowisch" spoken by the villagers.
At the time, the villagers did not make their "Raki" at home, so it was not
"homebrew" in that sense. The village had a distillery (or distilleries)
that had to meet government standards. At one time, the state even collected
a portion of the product as a fee. As you can imagine, occasionally some
cheating took place on that front.
The English term "brandy" "...denotes liquors obtained from distillation
pomace (pomace brandy) or mash or wine of any other fruit (fruit brandy).
These products are also named eaux-de-vie..." See