Is the word das Glück ever used in German to describe the euphoric state arising from the consumption of mind-altering substances?

Why do I need to know? In Russian, there is a slang word глюк, which sounds similar to Glück and means "a hallucination". Some say it has a German origin; I'm wondering if there may be any truth to that.

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  • Nobody can tell if Glück is ever used in that sense. Many people speak German everyday. Somebody may use it in that sense. But it is definitely not a common or popular use of the word. Mar 5 at 9:33

I have never heard of "Glück" being used in that sense. However, it is used with a similar meaning in compound words:

"Glücksgefühl" is used to describe an euphoric feeling in general. The word "Glückspillen" colloquially means antidepressants like Prozac (Fluctin in Germany). "Glückshormone" are serotonine and dopamine.

By the way, "Glückpilz" is something entirely different and has nothing to do with hallucinogenic mushrooms. Also, a "Glückskeks" is just a Chinese fortune cookie.


The German word "Glück" translates in other Germanic languages like Dutch or Flemish as "Geluk" relating to the verb "gelukken" which means being conclusively successful with no reference to any particular resulting mental state. German "Glück" describes luck as well as happiness, but does not include having fun. It expresses blissful happiness, rather than euphoria. In that sense it moves away from the meaning of глюк. It wouldn't be the first time though, distinctions get translated into their opposite when crossing a language border. I personally doubt there is a connection, but with slang you never know. I've heard the word "unkaputtbar" being used in Asian advertising. I'm just saying.

  • German has the verb glücken with the described Dutch meaning as well (not as a noun though). May 11 at 19:33

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