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Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

Has anyone noticed how the swiss blow their noses really loud in public? It almost sounds like some sort of foghorn! I don't even know how its physically possible to make so much noise from blowing your nose, I can't even do it myself.

I have also noticed that they like to blow their noses at every chance they get. I always know when my swiss flatmates are home, because the first thing they do is blow their noses as loud as possible as soon as they walk in the door. I guess the cold makes their nose a bit runny, but English speaking cultures just tend to put up with it and sniffle for a while.

I was once on a train on a cold morning, and it sounded like some sort of trombone orchestra!

Anyone else noticed this? I'm guessing it must just be some cultural thing.
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Old 21.11.2012, 05:55
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

They are not the only ones I blow my nose as loud as necessary to clean it and regulary!
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I guess the cold makes their nose a bit runny, but English speaking cultures just tend to put up with it and sniffle for a while.
Well I prefer someone to deal with the issue once and for all than stand/sit next to me schnipping and schnorking because they won't blow it. I have been tempted to offer someone a paper tissue before now....
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Old 21.11.2012, 06:49
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

Have you not noticed that the traditional Swiss nose is bigger than average?

Being British, I prefer to picket.
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Old 21.11.2012, 07:26
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

The woman who sits opposite me in work in a loud blower. Shes so small and petit..... makes me laugh.

But i do find it irritating when im on the phone or dealing with a co worker because she constantly blows loud through out the day. Our phone conversations only last 1 - 2 minutes max so i dont see it a big deal to wait a little longer for me to hang up. Unless your sick.... then do it to your hearts content lol
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

Of all the generalization we've had about 'the Swiss' on the forum, this is the funniest! Congrats!
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

Don't you know, they take lessons on nose blowing, which comes in handy when you want to blow someone's alphorn.

Don't get me started on the yodeling they do to clear their throats
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

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Don't you know, they take lessons on nose blowing, which comes in handy when you want to blow someone's alphorn.

Don't get me started on the yodeling they do to clear their throats
That's true, at least! I was substituting the sick teacher in a kindergarten class two weeks ago, and we had the visit from the school nurse to teach the kids how to blow their noses efficiently
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

That's your concern? What about all the people fingering their nose like a young excited teenager?

Nose picking seems a To Do when stuck in the traffic and the weirdest part is they do it with no shame. Maybe they think we can't see through the windows.

And spitting? This seems to be a national sport.

Ps: I saw it mostly everywhere but in much greater number in CH.
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And spitting? This seems to be a national sport.

Ps: I saw it mostly everywhere but in much greater number in CH.
Funny, most be a Zurich thing or are you thinking of China?
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

OP: You sure enjoy observing the Swiss a lot. If you learn the language, you might even be able to talk to them.

And it's called: Nase schnüze (schneuzen)
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OP: You sure enjoy observing the Swiss a lot. If you learn the language, you might even be able to talk to them.
Not a good idea. She might like them, and we would miss her witty and accurate posts
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That's your concern? What about all the people fingering their nose like a young excited teenager?

Nose picking seems a To Do when stuck in the traffic and the weirdest part is they do it with no shame. Maybe they think we can't see through the windows.

And spitting? This seems to be a national sport.

Ps: I saw it mostly everywhere but in much greater number in CH.
Lol. I found the nose mining particularly irritating.
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Not a good idea. She might like them, and we would miss her witty and accurate posts
to blow: blasen (google this word and you'll get some mind-blowing definitions)
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And spitting? This seems to be a national sport.

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You obviously haven't been to Paris :P Not only do they spit everywhere, they also urinate on streets.
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Well I prefer someone to deal with the issue once and for all than stand/sit next to me schnipping and schnorking because they won't blow it. I have been tempted to offer someone a paper tissue before now....
Many native English speakers DO blow their nose, but much more quietly. Its more of a "pfffft" than a "BWOOOOOOOOR". I have never heard anyone blow their nose as loudly as the Swiss do.
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

What was the name of your convent, again?
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Re: Swiss blowing their noses really loud?

I think that I remember someone mentioning that he Swiss might perhaps seem to smoke slightly a teeny bit more that people elsewhere in the world....Maybe the nose blowing is connected?

You know, the same way that all Australians drink Fosters or all Americans carry guns*

*Okay, the last one may be true
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What was the name of your convent, again?
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Many native English speakers DO blow their nose, but much more quietly.
So what do the rest do? Sniffle the whole day and swallow what they can?
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