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Old 20.04.2010, 16:09
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Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

... 'cos I've never seen any evidence to support it.

Anyone got any idea?
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:11
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

When a country is intellectually sparse, culturally barren, and politically desolate, the assumption is normally that at the very least they'd be on time.

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... 'cos I've never seen any evidence of it.

Anyone got any idea?
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:13
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

It's all about the trains.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:17
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

Germany.. I think.. certainly not Ireland DB, that's for definite...
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

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When a country is intellectually sparse, culturally barren, and politically desolate, the assumption is normally that at the very least they'd be on time.
Hahahahah! Thanks for that one.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:20
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

I also don't get the "Swiss Quality" stereotype.

Most I have met are just mediocre.

overpriced, overspecified things exist here for sure.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:21
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

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It's all about the trains.

LOL would have to agree.

Certainly doesn't apply to the dentists or doctors. In my experience, the public transport gets you to your appointment just in time to sit about waiting for them for half an hour!
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:22
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

...maybe it's because there isn't any brown sugar.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:29
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I also don't get the "Swiss Quality" stereotype.
It's a small country with high import mark-ups. The Swiss stuff is simply the best they've ever seen.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:38
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

The punctuality thing is justified but the quality part is definitely not.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:38
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I also don't get the "Swiss Quality" stereotype.

Most I have met are just mediocre.

overpriced, overspecified things exist here for sure.
Are you talking about women?
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:38
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

have to agree. the trains are delayed more often than what i experienced in london and here they have the advantage of wasting time sitting on the platform for several minutes and creating a buffer.

the 'swiss quality' is also a myth - perhaps perpetuated by those who can't tell the difference between 'expensive' and 'good quality'.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:42
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

u got stood up DB?
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

Why does everyone assume this is about Switzerland?
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:43
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

Applying my british stereotype frame, I assume this post is just dry humour by a british guy while he's enjoying fish and chips.

No clue about swiss stereotypes, but it could be that compared to other countries and at some specific time in history.... swiss punctuality or reliability was a reality. Everything evolving, the myth is still in our minds but reality changed (i.e bank secret).
The power of stereotype is that we will keep in mind what reinforces the stereotype and discard the rest.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:44
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

You are rigth, why would you want to focus permanent on time, there are other things important too.

I love waiting an hour or two if someone is late for an apointment, it gives time to do something different like singing or meditate, that improves quality of live a lot. Why starting work early in the morning when you could sleep in and invite yor girlfriend for a picnic making love al afternoon on a nice sunny paddock.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:46
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Why does everyone assume this is about Switzerland?

In Peru, where people are allways late there is a saying "a la hora inglesa", meaning "in english time" when you setup a meeting, to ask the other party to really be on time and not 20 minutes late as usual.

Down there they think the english are the model of punctuality.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:46
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... 'cos I've never seen any evidence to support it.

Anyone got any idea?
It was there once ,but the "FOREIGNER'S" ruined it
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:50
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Re: Where did the stereotype of reliability and punctuality come from?

The roadworks in Lenzburg have been going on for a better part of a year, and while I am at it, whats with the works going on near the Zuri West ? That massive eyesore has been there for forever and I never see anyone working there... These swiss should learn that evenings and Sundays are a time for penaltly rates, not for going to church or the zoo with the kiddies
I feel better now.
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Old 20.04.2010, 16:50
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Down there they think the english are the model of punctuality.
They are. For me, the meeting time is the time at which you get up and leave if the other party hasn't arrived. I normally aim to be somewhere 15 minutes early. This might however, be classed as sociopathy.
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