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Old 13.09.2011, 00:31
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I like scotch fingers ....
TMI! I knew I shouldn't have checked what this was on urbandictionary...
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TMI! I knew I shouldn't have checked what this was on urbandictionary...
If you didn't like scotch fingers, you should definitely give scotch eggs a miss
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You simply forget the END of the name of this forum = .ch
Au contraire, mon ami (said in my best Dell Boy accent), it simply means English people in CHina.
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Old 13.09.2011, 00:58
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I love the Scotch.
I was very disappointed when I found out there was no Scotch in Scotch eggs. Who knew?
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Old 13.09.2011, 09:35
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I was very disappointed when I found out there was no Scotch in Scotch eggs. Who knew?
Not as disppointed as I was to find that there was no horse in my whisky.
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Old 13.09.2011, 09:57
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

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Maybe the problem is that people simply don't get the difference between Proper Noun and Adjective?

Switzerland = Proper Noun
Swiss = Adjective

Australia = Proper Noun
Oz = Proper Noun (albeit a short form)
Australian = Adjective


Kids just don't get dragged up right these days..
However, in 3 of the four Swiss lanhuages, the same word is used for both "Swiss" and "Switzerland" (only in German is this not the case).

Also, "Swiss" is not only an adjective, it is also a noun (meaning a Swiss person).

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Old 13.09.2011, 10:59
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

Me in a pub in London a couple of years ago

Some guy: "Where are you from?"
Me: "Switzerland"
He: "Aaaaah...nice...Swedish Girls....mmmmmh!"
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Old 13.09.2011, 11:05
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Me in a pub in London a couple of years ago

Some guy: "Where are you from?"
Me: "Switzerland"
He: "Aaaaah...nice...Swedish Girls....mmmmmh!"
Well, I've probably met more Swedish girls in Zurich than I have in Sweden!

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Old 20.09.2011, 02:27
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I grew up in Denmark and when I told English people they asked me if spoke Dutch.



You should speak Dutch, after all you also stole our salty licorice.
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Old 20.09.2011, 02:56
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However, in 3 of the four Swiss lanhuages, the same word is used for both "Swiss" and "Switzerland" (only in German is this not the case).
I'd say only in French that is the case, unless you always take the female form of the adjective: Schweizerisch / Schweizer >< Schweiz, Suisse = Suisse, Svizzero >< Svizzera, Svizer >< Svizra.
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

Somewhere on the EF, somebody posted a screenshot of a football game on Swiss TV, where Switzerland was identified as "Swiss". So my question is this...does anybody know if more Swiss natives---not foreigners or new citizens---are referring to their country as "Swiss" or "the Swiss" in English?
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Old 20.09.2011, 13:45
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In short NO. Might be a generational thing - will ask kids around here - but I've never seen or heard this.

Je suis Suisse et j'habite en Suisse.
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Old 20.09.2011, 15:04
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I'd say only in French that is the case, unless you always take the female form of the adjective: Schweizerisch / Schweizer >< Schweiz, Suisse = Suisse, Svizzero >< Svizzera, Svizer >< Svizra.
Yes, as the country is also feminine: la Suisse, la Svizzera, la Svizra (which are all short forms of the correct name, in which case "Swiss" is used as an adjective for the word Confederation)

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Old 21.09.2011, 01:13
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Somewhere on the EF, somebody posted a screenshot of a football game on Swiss TV, where Switzerland was identified as "Swiss". So my question is this...does anybody know if more Swiss natives---not foreigners or new citizens---are referring to their country as "Swiss" or "the Swiss" in English?
A definite NO ! No "native Swiss" will refer to CH as "Swiss" but if in English as Switzerland
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Old 21.09.2011, 01:29
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Somewhere on the EF, somebody posted a screenshot of a football game on Swiss TV, where Switzerland was identified as "Swiss". So my question is this...does anybody know if more Swiss natives---not foreigners or new citizens---are referring to their country as "Swiss" or "the Swiss" in English?
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A definite NO ! No "native Swiss" will refer to CH as "Swiss" but if in English as Switzerland
So then, what about this post Who owns my x-rays? from "aSwissInTheUS"?

And no, this can't be dismissed as not valid due to his/her current location! Then again, maybe they are not a "native Swiss".
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Old 21.09.2011, 01:51
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So then, what about this post Who owns my x-rays? from "aSwissInTheUS"?

And no, this can't be dismissed as not valid due to his/her current location! Then again, maybe they are not a "native Swiss".
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Re: Why do people call this country Swiss?

Eeeehm... I use it and I'll tell you why and how this happened.

I used to use Switzerland since this is how the Dutch call it as well, it sounds correct and everyone knows what you mean.
Then I got a Swiss girlfriend and in English she referred to her country of origin as, you've guessed it, Swiss.
And since I'm a lazy person and this word is shorter, I now use this to even though I know it's incorrect.
But after reading part of this thread I'll try to at least use the correct full name on this here forum.
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So then, what about this post Who owns my x-rays? from "aSwissInTheUS"?

And no, this can't be dismissed as not valid due to his/her current location! Then again, maybe they are not a "native Swiss".
The person there either is NOT "native Swiss" or tried to make a joke in a way
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Eeeehm... I use it and I'll tell you why and how this happened.

I used to use Switzerland since this is how the Dutch call it as well, it sounds correct and everyone knows what you mean.
Then I got a Swiss girlfriend and in English she referred to her country of origin as, you've guessed it, Swiss.
And since I'm a lazy person and this word is shorter, I now use this to even though I know it's incorrect.
But after reading part of this thread I'll try to at least use the correct full name on this here forum.
Sorry, but you rather ought to do something about either her English or about her general education
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The person there either is NOT "native Swiss" or tried to make a joke in a way
Swiss people who "come from Swiss".

EDIT: ... and here are some more.
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