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Old 30.04.2016, 20:21
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

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I don't like when I'm trying to put my stuff in the plastic bags and the next person looks stressed like i'm gonna steal their stuff, then i feel hurried. That's why i mostly use self checkout, i can take all the time i want and avoid all the bs. Some people should really chill, especially older people, I've never seen anyone steal anything, and the cashier can always undo an action and they ask anyway.
Speaking of needing to chill... you're stressing and using other lines because you're worried that someone in line next to you looks stressed?
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Ditto on this. I have noticed that only pedantic saddos seem to care about the whole Switzerland vs Swiss thing. It's such a non-issue that the mind boggles about what other kinds of things such people worry about.

Anyway, the title of this thread ("Swiss", on a forum about Switzerland) is about as clear as mud and says as much about the OP as anything else.
Clearly highlighting the OP is a petty waste of time
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Old 03.05.2016, 17:51
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Slightly OT: also met plenty of people on my travels who say they would love to go to Switzerland and "the other Scandinavian countries". Well dudes, good luck with that
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Slightly OT: also met plenty of people on my travels who say they would love to go to Switzerland and "the other Scandinavian countries". Well dudes, good luck with that
Ha, I was just the other day told, when a co-worker heard I was looking for work in Switzerland, that I should look at the Harley Davidson Logistics center in Stockholm.
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Old 03.05.2016, 18:42
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

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It's either ignorance or negligence.
This "Swiss" for the country is a common mistake, mostly by non-native English speakers. And talking about negligence and ignorance, what annoys me a little is that the native English speakers often mix up "it's" and "its". I mean, you are so lucky to have an easy mother tongue in terms of grammar and you cannot even get that simple thing right?
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Old 03.05.2016, 19:14
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This "Swiss" for the country is a common mistake, mostly by non-native English speakers. And talking about negligence and ignorance, what annoys me a little is that the native English speakers often mix up "it's" and "its". I mean, you are so lucky to have an easy mother tongue in terms of grammar and you cannot even get that simple thing right?
They should of known better.
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Old 03.05.2016, 21:34
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They should of known better.
your pushing it now.
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your pushing it now.
They'res no way your getting away with these.
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Old 03.05.2016, 22:26
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

Folks, lets not loose site of the original topic.
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Old 03.05.2016, 23:48
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

I reckon people do it just to prod the veterans before breaking out the popcorn.
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

The Local wades into this:
http://www.thelocal.ch/20160503/swis...uspects-report

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Old 04.05.2016, 01:24
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

Er, no. Even though it's The Local, there's nothing wrong with that headline. It's short for "The Swiss may extradite Kosovan war criminal suspects", as in the Swiss people, not the country.

It's certainly better than this totally randomly selected headline from the BBC News website: Indonesia police confiscate sex toy mistaken for 'angel'. For years now, the BBC has been incapable of using the adjectival form of country names. It makes me flinch every time (or is that whince?).
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

I think the theory that it's from "Suisse" is not right. When I've seen "Swiss" used where "Switzerland" is correct, it's usually by people who, judging by their apparent origin, are fairly unlikely to know any French.

I've heard many Swiss and Germans talk about visiting somewhere that sounds awfully like "Indian".

I find the use of "Swiss" instead of "Switzerland" almost as irritating as "could of" or "would of" in place of "could have" or "would have". If these things don't irritate you, then that's jolly nice for you.
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I think the theory that it's from "Suisse" is not right. When I've seen "Swiss" used where "Switzerland" is correct, it's usually by people who, judging by their apparent origin, are fairly unlikely to know any French.

I've heard many Swiss and Germans talk about visiting somewhere that sounds awfully like "Indian".

I find the use of "Swiss" instead of "Switzerland" almost as irritating as "could of" or "would of" in place of "could have" or "would have". If these things don't irritate you, then that's jolly nice for you.
Hmmmm... German-speakers visiting "Indian" is more akin to French-speakers visiting "Swiss"; Indien --> Indian, Suisse --> Swiss.
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

As we already have Holland, England, Scotland, Thailand, Poland, Finland,..
all showing us the right example, maybe we can all just agree on "Swissland" as the new proud name of the Confederation.
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As we already have Holland, England, Scotland, Thailand, Poland, Finland,..
all showing us the right example, maybe we can all just agree on "Swissland" as the new proud name of the Confederation.

Buy now, you're point is mute.
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

I also think Czechland would have sounded a lot better than Czechia.
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Buy now, you're point is mute.
Thats only you're opinion.
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

Can someone explain to me (not an English native speaker) why people confuse "would of" vs "would have"? I mean I can understand "your" vs "you're" or "loose" vs "lose", but "would have" vs "would of"? It doesn't even sound the same, does it?

Only somewhat related: my favorite was when many years ago, a very senior German executive indicated on his CV that he had "three childs". Well...
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