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Re: Customary manners in CH

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Maybe they are all EF ex-pats who have been told that shaking hands is the norm. Must say it is not my experience in offices and work places around here.
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Re: Customary manners in CH

It is customary in our Geneva office, but not in our Zürich office. Clearly this is not consistently "customary".
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As anything else in CH
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Smoky, I can't say I'm fluent in every Swiss German dialect, but I'm fairly familiar with most of them. I'm afraid you must have misheard that "Ciao / Tschau / Hoi / Salü / Sali / Adieu temma" thing. If anything, it's "zemma / zema / zemmä / zemä / zäma / zämä / zama / zamä" etc. etc., and that's not a contraction of "mitenand" (no "miteinand" in Swiss German) but a small choice of the Swiss German versions of Standard German "zusammen" (Englisch: together) -- pretty similar meaning but totally different etymology.
Okay, thanks for that. I just smacked myself over the head for being really dumb!

Of course! Temma .... is ZEMMA .... with the TSSZZT sound of the Z !!!!! hahaaaa ..... juslaaik ..... that word has had me bamboozled now for over a year ..... but I was too timid to ask and reveal my gross stupidity ...hahaaaaaa .....

Hokey dokey ..... Zemma or Zämma or Zäma ... I GOT IT NOW!
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Okay, thanks for that. I just smacked myself over the head for being really dumb!

Of course! Temma .... is ZEMMA .... with the TSSZZT sound of the Z !!!!! hahaaaa ..... juslaaik ..... that word has had me bamboozled now for over a year ..... but I was too timid to ask and reveal my gross stupidity ...hahaaaaaa .....

Hokey dokey ..... Zemma or Zämma or Zäma ... I GOT IT NOW!
this is what those special letters are for, as it is

tsämmä
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