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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

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After starting with high German, the dialects here sound very much like the language one would use to speak to babies or a puppy.

Now this word is my favourite,

Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswe rkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (The gap in we rk is Forum generated)

a shorter tongue twister: Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän
I just mailed that word to a Swiss colleague to check, and he replied back with

Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswe rkbauunterbeamtengesellschaftsmusikkapellenuniform mützenreinigungsinstitutsverwaltungsratspräsidents büroinstandhaltungsfirmenangestellter

saying it is a valid word, albeit nonsense
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Old 05.01.2012, 15:11
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What I used to like are those silly office translations of French like...
Je corridor = Ich gang = I'm going home.
I'm not a pro at linguistics, but isn't the 'gang' a modification of gehen, gehe, gegangen? Rather than corridor?


edit. Well I guess the corridor in german is just the place of going: gang. Egg or chicken, which came first.
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

in deed, gang is just a Swiss German conjugation of gehen.
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I'm not a pro at linguistics, but isn't the 'gang' a modification of gehen, gehe, gegangen? Rather than corridor?


edit. Well I guess the corridor in german is just the place of going: gang. Egg or chicken, which came first.
You are right but only partly "gang" as a verb is a modification of the Standard German "gehen". However, "Gang" is also a noun (therefore written with a capital letter "G") that means indeed corridor.

With regard to the funny French translations there is also:
"oeuf oeuf que lac je" = egg egg what lake I = Ei ei was seh ich
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"je maison" = I Home = Ich haus (meaning I leave)
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

I really like "zytglogge" and I've been trying to figure out whether that translates as time clock or time bell
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I really like "zytglogge" and I've been trying to figure out whether that translates as time clock or time bell
I'd say time bell because of the carillon.
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

although nothing will ever replace "schtangä", I am currently getting a lot of mileage out of "figgä". my wife and kids have no idea what it means, it sounds totally harmless to fellow gringos, and it still has the desired effect of letting off some steam when you slice open your thumb with the cutting knife or stub your toe on the kitchen table.
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

And of course, if it hasn't been stipulated already, that age-old favourite "Uuffwiiderluege" - lovely
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Old 05.01.2012, 18:05
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although nothing will ever replace "schtangä", I am currently getting a lot of mileage out of "figgä". my wife and kids have no idea what it means, it sounds totally harmless to fellow gringos, and it still has the desired effect of letting off some steam when you slice open your thumb with the cutting knife or stub your toe on the kitchen table.
Don't worry, the kids will pick up on this quicker than you think - cue the embarrassing comments in front of your neighbours, friends family
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although nothing will ever replace "schtangä", I am currently getting a lot of mileage out of "figgä". my wife and kids have no idea what it means, it sounds totally harmless to fellow gringos, and it still has the desired effect of letting off some steam when you slice open your thumb with the cutting knife or stub your toe on the kitchen table.
Well... from one connoisseur of well chosen curse words to another, I feel compelled to remark that using the verb form in this context does not make much sense. I prefer "verfiggt".
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Well... from one connoisseur of well chosen curse words to another, I feel compelled to remark that using the verb form in this context does not make much sense. I prefer "verfiggt".
Which is an Americanism () translated into German, the proper Sg word would be "Schiiiiiiiiiss-"(Hg Scheiss =sh**t) something

ahem, do f-words get automatically deleted nowadays?

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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

None!

Well, maybe one or 2 things in Bern: "äuä!", "gäu?" and "Zetteli woue?" at the check-out in grocery stores!
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Which is an Americanism () translated into German, the proper Sg word would be "Schiiiiiiiiiss-"(Hg Scheiss =sh**t) something

ahem, do f-words get automatically deleted nowadays?
If you insist on using pure Swiss German, I highly recommend "himmel hergott sakramentofix halleluja schiss glump vereckts nomal"

That's what my dad taught me.
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Well... from one connoisseur of well chosen curse words to another, I feel compelled to remark that using the verb form in this context does not make much sense. I prefer "verfiggt".
it's much more difficult to string a couple of verfiggt's together, though

when the kids ask what dad is saying, I just tell them "im fass ha niid". in fact, that works for pretty much any question they ask.
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

I tried translating the popular "Huura" and using it similarly in english back home.

I didn't last too long in that Sunday School class.
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

'Schönes Tagli' is my all time favorite and the old Granny kissing her grand kids good bye is far from being the only one saying it!
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You are right but only partly "gang" as a verb is a modification of the Standard German "gehen". However, "Gang" is also a noun (therefore written with a capital letter "G") that means indeed corridor.

With regard to the funny French translations there is also:
"oeuf oeuf que lac je" = egg egg what lake I = Ei ei was seh ich
or
"je maison" = I Home = Ich haus (meaning I leave)
There's another one I've heard...Hope I get the French right.
La Vie est dure = Dä Wii isch tüür = The wine is expensive.
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Old 06.01.2012, 10:45
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There's another one I've heard...Hope I get the French right.
La Vie est dure = Dä Wii isch tüür = The wine is expensive.
Now I'm getting confused whether Swiss German comes from French or German :P


Der Wein ist teuer. If I was to read that, I would pronounce it as "Dä Wii isch tüür" (since I only speak swiss german not high german, but can read high german).
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

Er het e Ecke ab.
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

love this:

Das schleckt chei Geiss weg
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