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Old 01.03.2012, 10:49
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Re: Things I wouldn't miss about Switzerland

Very good points Iain. And from your food refs I take it you are from the mid-west?

1- Yes, the Swiss can't detect a Brit accent from a US accent. Had this happen to me many times as Swiss people ask if I'm British. One thing I did learn (and sorry to the Brits) for some reason (the war?) the Swiss do not like the British, but they are 'OK' with the Americans. So I have to explain....

2- Disagree with you on the language. The Brits can say the most vulgar things but that accent makes it sound like it's educated, totally charming. On the same point, I've heard from many Brits they think the American accent is cute.

3- Lastly, agree with you on the food. I am a chef trained at ICE and the food here, choices notwithstanding, is horrible. Strange for a place the produces some of the best chefs. They just leave. And coney dogs? Love it. From Cincy and the Skyline Chili dogs are the best!!!!

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Good point Crazygringo, it's comments just like that that give ex-pats a bad name. No, what we all need is understanding, empathy and warmth. Just like this below.

"my first official rant, for which I apologize ahead of time:

as a gringo, it is absolutely driving me nuts being consistently lumped in with the Brits. this is especially true when I read posts with the dreaded moniker "US / UK", or the ever-popular "English-speaking". so as a courtesy to those who may not be aware of the nuances involved, here is a brief primer on what makes the US so danged different:

1. Our language is better, and certainly much more conducive to daily and social conversation. Could you ever imagine asking a gringo to "put it in the boot"?

2. Our soccer sucks, but our football is considerably better.

3. We have coney dogs, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

4. We invented rock and roll. We also invented soul, jazz, blues, r&b and bluegrass. Hopefully you will forgive us the disco.

5. Despite the appearances that our absurd Orwellian Presidential elections or the Bush II years may engender, we have neither a King nor a Queen.

6. We have baseball, which can be played to completion in under a week.

7. We have basketball. Real basketball.

8. They don't make commercials advertising that any beer (that means you, Newcastle) "makes American food edible", because our food is rich in diversity and generally excellent. In fact, our food is required to be good and flavorful to help us choke down all that piss beer, e.g. buffalo wings.

9. We have dentists.

10. We won the war.

ok, rant off. need to check on my meds. I did not use the "search" function to see if somebody else previously posted an identical rant, which is of course entirely possible because everybody knows that all gringos think and act the same."
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You're linking to a song about a sausage?
"I'm a weiner."

it's a play on words.
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