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Old 10.09.2011, 17:54
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

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Yeah...I wondered where you had got to
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Old 10.09.2011, 17:59
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Except the abusers (or "totally mentally retarded" as categorised earlier) tend to be American or Indian :-)
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Like I said: not native speakers of English.

Hey, at least we don't spit and slobber when we speak.
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Old 10.09.2011, 18:10
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

It's all a bit arbitrary, though, isn't it?

Lac Leman sounds ridiculous when said by an English speaker, yet who among us refers to Basle, Argovia or St Gall?
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

Well, DB, where my mum comes from, we go and have taghliatelly at the Eye-talians, proper mint, like! But I would never dare tell them it's ridiculous, I don't fancy a Byker teacake...
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Old 10.09.2011, 19:18
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

I worked in The Netherlands for a Danish company. Many of my Danish colleagues spoke good Dutch. So some Danes speak Dutch.

So do you speak Dutch?

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I have to confess that as much as people calling Switzerland "Swiss", what bothers me more, oh, much much more, is when English native speakers call Lake Geneva "Lac Leman" or Geneva "Genf". grrr. lol

WTF!
Oh dear. I call it Lac Leman all the time. Lake Geneva is in Western PA, and where we live, in Bern, it is called "Genf" by a lot of people, train schedules and so on, tho we use Geneva since Genf is somewhat hard to say.
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Old 10.09.2011, 20:00
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Poo...sorry....I would have searched but "Swiss / Switzerland" kinda clogged up the system a little bit
I gave up trying to find it as well
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

There was one here, but it stopped after a few pages...
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

I just tell myself they're missing out the word Confederation, then it annoys me less.
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

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I worked in The Netherlands for a Danish company. Many of my Danish colleagues spoke good Dutch. So some Danes speak Dutch.

So do you speak Dutch?

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When I tell people I'm Portuguese I am often asked if I speak Spanish. Well, yes. I do happen to speak Spanish, but not because I'm Portuguese.

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Oh dear. I call it Lac Leman all the time. Lake Geneva is in Western PA, and where we live, in Bern, it is called "Genf" by a lot of people, train schedules and so on, tho we use Geneva since Genf is somewhat hard to say.
Well, you can stop calling it Lac Leman now. No excuses. Now you know better!

You know native English speakers who call Geneva Genf? Sorry, but that's just silly.




PS, the WTF which you keep in your quote was related to another issue. Not this one.
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Old 10.09.2011, 21:20
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We must have had a thread about it sometime, but I can't find it

But why do people do this?

You wouldn't say, I'm going on holiday in English, I like the food in French....

What an odd and widely spread habit!
Swiss = a term of endearment.
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Old 10.09.2011, 21:41
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You know native English speakers who call Geneva Genf? Sorry, but that's just silly.
Genf = 1 syllable
Geneva = 3 syllables

Genf wins.
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Old 10.09.2011, 21:45
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

As an aside, I've sometimes thought it would be easier if everybody used the terms for places that are used by those in the said place. Thus London would be London - even for the French who insist upon calling it "Londres". Likewise, the English would be forced to refer to "Paris" with a silent "S" instead of "Paris" (I am not referring to the trollop or the place in Texas). Problems would arise though with areas that have locally accepted different names such as Aachen/Aken/Aix-la-Chapelle or some parts of, dare I say it Swiss switzerland
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why not? sometimes i do. maybe i'll even start calling it Lake Leman from now on. maybe Lake Leman, Swiss.
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Well, it is a Swiss lake.
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I thought it was in Indiana...
Lake Geneva is in south-eastern Wisconsin, just a few miles north of the border to Illinois. And it's not even a lake, it's a town. The lake it is on is called Geneva Lake. And, as if places weren't very close to one-another in Switzerland, over there in vast America, Lake Como is less than two miles away.
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Old 10.09.2011, 22:06
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Genf = 1 syllable
Geneva = 3 syllables

Genf wins.
I guess we should just go back to grunting at each other. Much easier. Not so many syllables.
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I guess we should just go back to grunting at each other. Much easier. Not so many syllables.
i agree. i wish more girls would grunt at me
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I guess we should just go back to grunting at each other. Much easier. Not so many syllables.
Don't go there or we will all be adopting txt spk
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Old 10.09.2011, 22:29
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

That wasn't the one I was thinking of.

I found further reading on the subject (searched for Svizzera and Svizra)

Switzerland, sweden, swaziland.. whats the difference?

Schweiz, Svizzera, Suisse, Svizra, Swiss?!?

It is Switzerland not Swiss. (Not the one from Kittster's post)
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As an aside, I've sometimes thought it would be easier if everybody used the terms for places that are used by those in the said place. Thus London would be London - even for the French who insist upon calling it "Londres". Likewise, the English would be forced to refer to "Paris" with a silent "S" instead of "Paris" (I am not referring to the trollop or the place in Texas). Problems would arise though with areas that have locally accepted different names such as Aachen/Aken/Aix-la-Chapelle or some parts of, dare I say it Swiss switzerland
And BA pilots would have to talk about the ETA for Basel instead of Bale. That one confused me when I first arrived here - a friend had written to ask if I would buy an item for his son. I told him that Bale was too far away from Basel for me to get there that week, thinking he meant Biel.
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