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Old 15.04.2016, 11:16
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I really don't understand why people get so uppity over people saying "Swiss" instead of Switzerland. It's not correct, but it's hardly a big deal and people who go crazy over it just end up looking like twonks. It's nowhere near as bad as confusing Switzerland and Sweden.
There are some errors that are worse than others. Calling Switzerland "Swiss" is like calling you Richdoggy.
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Old 15.04.2016, 11:27
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I really don't understand why people get so uppity over people saying "Swiss" instead of Switzerland. It's not correct, but it's hardly a big deal and people who go crazy over it just end up looking like twonks. It's nowhere near as bad as confusing Switzerland and Sweden.
I've heard this much more often from Swiss people themselves than from immigrants. It's not the end of the world.
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Old 15.04.2016, 11:34
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Re: The Treatment of New Posters

They should officially change the name to Swissia and be done with it.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36048186
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Old 15.04.2016, 11:37
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They should officially change the name to Swissia and be done with it.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36048186
Helvetia would also be good.

I'm just worried about posts like "New in Hell"
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Old 15.04.2016, 11:41
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Helvetia would also be good.

I'm just worried about posts like "New in Hell"
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"How do I pronounce Helvetia"

And those darned foreigners spelling it Helvetica.
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I disagree with this completely. The snarky comments might make the regulars laugh and keep them here but it puts off new posters coming back and that for me is the problem. You need a constant influx of regular new posters who will bring something to the forum to prevent it from getting 'stale'.
Yes you can have fun with new posters and be sarcastic with them, it's great fun but it needs to be in a welcoming way not a 'what the hell do you think you are doing coming on here and asking a stupid question like that' way'.

And one other thing, you need to remember not everyone on here is British and not everyone gets the British 'humour'.

I'd agree with this - It can feel like a personal attack rather than a bit of social banter. Which is why I dont contribute as much as I supposedly should.
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Old 16.04.2016, 10:56
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I'd agree with this - It can feel like a personal attack rather than a bit of social banter. Which is why I dont contribute as much as I supposedly should.
To be fair, even the regulars reprimand each other. One longtime poster just got a stern scolding from another longtime posters for a comment he had made.
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Old 16.04.2016, 11:07
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I'd agree with this - It can feel like a personal attack rather than a bit of social banter. Which is why I dont contribute as much as I supposedly should.
This is an internet forum. Yes, I understand that initially it is sometimes awkward as you do not know the people here nor their sense of humor, or whether it is humor or meant seriously. But why should that stop you from posting?
A groan or a red blob do not harm you in any way, neither does disagreeing with what you posted. If you don´t like it, scroll on!
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Old 16.04.2016, 11:15
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I really don't understand why people get so uppity over people saying "Swiss" instead of Switzerland. It's not correct, but it's hardly a big deal and people who go crazy over it just end up looking like twonks. It's nowhere near as bad as confusing Switzerland and Sweden.

There are worse things indeed. I often refer to my homecountry as
Swissieland, Hellvetistan or Heidliand and us natives as Switzies or Swissies, so far neither english savvy compatriotes or the people who read my jabbering on the blogs and so have taken offence
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Old 16.04.2016, 11:18
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The new most FAQ

"How do I pronounce Helvetia"

And those darned foreigners spelling it Helvetica.
Which is half of the official (Latin) term for it - so it's not a correct term for Switzerland.

German: Official - Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft; short - Schweiz
French: Official - Confédération Suisse; short - Suisse
Italian: Official - Confederazione Svizzera; short - Svizzera
Rumantsch: Official - Confederaziun Svizra; short - Svizra
Latin: Official - Confoederatio Helvetica; short - Helvetia
English: Official - Swiss Confederation; short - Switzerland

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Old 16.04.2016, 11:46
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The new most FAQ

"How do I pronounce Helvetia"

And those darned foreigners spelling it Helvetica.
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Which is the official (Latin) short for it - so it's a correct term.
I think you underestimate mirf's SOH. Helvetica means Swiss, Helvetia means Switzerland.
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Old 16.04.2016, 11:49
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I think you underestimate mirf's SOH. Helvetica means Swiss, Helvetia means Switzerland.
Hah - you're right; Helvetica means Swiss
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Old 16.04.2016, 19:17
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Latin: Official - Confoederatio Helvetica; short - Helvetia
Helvetia is ambiguous, it's also the name of the figure on the 50Rappen, 1CHF and 2CHF coins' face side.
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Old 17.04.2016, 11:13
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You're from an English speaking country and don't know the difference between Switzerland and Swiss?

And somehow you landed a job here in Swiss?
I've asked myself that question time and time again.
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Old 17.04.2016, 11:16
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I've asked myself that question time and time again.
The question has been discussed before:
Why do people call this country Swiss?
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Old 17.04.2016, 12:00
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Woo-hoo! I've got week of holiday..

Off to enjoy some sunshine in Italian.
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Woo-hoo! I've got week of holiday..

Off to enjoy some sunshine in Italian.
I am off to Ital too.
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Old 17.04.2016, 13:30
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I am off to Ital too.
I've met a few Itals who said the weather is not always good in April. Unless you go to Sicily or something. Oh wait, is that in Ital too?
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Went to Sicily last month- and the weather was very mixed, including torrential rain . Did have fabulous weather there last year and year before, but in May and early June. Sicilians very much consider themselves Sicilian first- and speak their very own dialect (have watched Montalbano?)
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Went to Sicily last month- and the weather was very mixed, including torrential rain . Did have fabulous weather there last year and year before, but in May and early June. Sicilians very much consider themselves Sicilian first- and speak their very own dialect (have watched Montalbano?)
Well in this case I will not leave things in the hands of gods and will head to Franc next weekend, to Burgundy (I've heard they feel more Franc than any other Franc) at least I'm sure we'll get rain there..
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I've asked myself that question time and time again.
Don't. Just go with the flow.

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