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Old 15.07.2011, 13:25
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Old 15.07.2011, 13:32
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Thought it was pretty funny. An oldie, but a goodie.
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Say that to the wrong Newfoundlander and they'll cook your goose.
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This lesbian couple I know asked me what i want for my birthday. They gave me a Rolex. I think they misunderstood when I said "I wanna watch".
This one had me properly laughing out loud. Thanks -- it's made my Friday afternoon a lot better. (And is going into my memory bank for later re-use....)
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This one had me properly laughing out loud. Thanks -- it's made my Friday afternoon a lot better. (And is going into my memory bank for later re-use....)
Although better not to try it on anyone who you think might have a longer memory than yours
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Old 15.07.2011, 19:29
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English puns are a minefield for non-native speakers. And puns can't be translated. That's why many jokes can't be translated either, simply because they are based on puns.
And not everyone appreciates puns.

We just renovated our kitchen. When we were discussing colors with the designer and general contractor, the designer mentioned that the dark brown color (coffee) would essentially frame the other color. So I asked him if that meant that we would have a Kaffeerahmen (Kaffeerahm). The designer gave me a blank look. I did get a small grin from the general contractor. I've been here 10 years and that's the first time I've managed a play on words.

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Only to a non-native speaker of Swiss German. Mr. Breakfast was quite right there with his observation. If it isn't the blatant "I'm going to tell a joke there"-sort most jokes in Switzerland have a very dry delivery, and only a small grin confirms that you got the joke.
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Old 15.07.2011, 23:38
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And not everyone appreciates puns.

We just renovated our kitchen. When we were discussing colors with the designer and general contractor, the designer mentioned that the dark brown color (coffee) would essentially frame the other color. So I asked him if that meant that we would have a Kaffeerahmen (Kaffeerahm). The designer gave me a blank look. I did get a small grin from the general contractor. I've been here 10 years and that's the first time I've managed a play on words.
The GeneralContractor apparently understood the joke, while the designer, fully in "his element" simply could not see anything to be joked about .
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Oh for the love of... I was being sarcastic. Yall must be swiss.
hahaha, sarcasm and irony doesn't work very well here in Switzerland...ledsen
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hahaha, sarcasm and irony doesn't work very well here in Switzerland...ledsen
Except it does.
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Do you understand Swiss-German humour ?
does it even exist? and if...can somebody give an example...after so many years here I still haven't been able to understand any..
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The British Residents' Association latest bulletin:

British Weather.
In deference to the Archbishop of Canterbury and The Royal Commission of Political Correctness, it has been announced that the local climate in the United Kingdom should no longer be referred to as British Weather.
Rather than offend a sizeable portion of the population, it will now be referred to as Muslim Weather - partly Sunni but mostly Shi'ite
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Take a gander. Not Safe For Work.

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Take a gander. Not Safe For Work.









I recognise my error in the above post. Perhaps a mod could delete it. Seems newbies can't post edit. Thanks.
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does it even exist? and if...can somebody give an example...after so many years here I still haven't been able to understand any..
look around in public transport and in restaurants and listen to the jokes, often done by slightly twisting some words like replacing "Aagschtellte" with "Anägschtellte" or making a "compliment" like saying "ooo jaa das isch ja würklich geischtriich". Or, if a bank replaces a restaurant "aber natürlich, no paar wiiteri Banke isch's was Züri ja dringend bruucht". People waiting for something somewhere and somebody saying "nur Geduld, äs chann sich nur um Schtunde handle". Nobody will formally announce a "joke" ! Also if some youngsters sit around on the chairs in the Sbahn you can here somebody coming down asking "tünder eigentlich zelte ? " A lady waiting in front of a cashiers desk and someone misusing a military term like "vorrücke, gueti Frau, vorrücke, tanke" . Or people discussing wines and somebody joking "aber sicher, das isch würklich an trochene Wii, so troche das är fascht schtüübt" . True, it is a rather dry humour, borne out of adhoc situations.
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