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Old 08.04.2011, 11:08
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Back Home-isms.

My crankiness of the minute (we'll see in an hour) are all the posts on this board that start out about Switzerland (in Swiss threads) and then become "well I don't know anything about the law in CH or how it works here but in *insert country* this is how...".

I'm sorry, but I do not see this is being helpful and quite honestly using acronyms even less so when referring to home country organizations (a real pet peeve of mine). NHS or DMV come to mind and are easy for me to figure out. But, please if you must talk about your home country just say "child services" instead of writing a bunch of letters that mean nothing to anyone out of your home country/region (just one example). Also, keep in mind some of us are not native English speakers.

Of course, I am not without guilt on the "back home-isms" and I apologize for them and when I use other languages than English.

Should this be in Forum Support? Perhaps, but I see this as a viable complaint.
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Old 08.04.2011, 11:14
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Re: Back Home-isms.

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My crankiness of the minute (we'll see in an hour) are all the posts on this board that start out about Switzerland (in Swiss threads) and then become "well I don't know anything about the law in CH or how it works here but in *insert country* this is how...".

I'm sorry, but I do not see this is being helpful and quite honestly using acronyms even less so when referring to home country organizations (a real pet peeve of mine). NHS or DMV come to mind and are easy for me to figure out. But, please if you must talk about your home country just say "child services" instead of writing a bunch of letters that mean nothing to anyone out of your home country/region (just one example). Also, keep in mind some of us are not native English speakers.

Of course, I am not without guilt on the "back home-isms" and I apologize for them and when I use other languages than English.

Should this be in Forum Support? Perhaps, but I see this as a viable complaint.
I agree with you when someone use words or abreviations that no one beside people from that country can understand. Very annoying. I am still struggling with stupid abreviations like HTH, OH, etc.... and the whole dictionary of them...

For the Back Home references it is almost impossible to avoid. When you are not in a country for long, you tend to still thinking the way it is done back home and only time will kind of erase this habit. I understand it can be annoying for the long time resident of a country, but for the relatively newbies, it is a security blanket somehow...
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I understand it can be annoying for the long time resident of a country, but for the relatively newbies, it is a security blanket somehow...
You're right, of course, and it is a natural reaction to compare things with 'back home' for a while.

But it's annoying to see a request for information about, say, the price of rabbit kidneys in Migros to be answered with a load of nonsense about how much they cost in Tesco. It simply isn't relevant. We don't live in England (or America, or Australia, or wherever), and we don't care.

It isn't always irrelevant - it can be useful to compare the state education systems of Switzerland and 'back home', for example - but it creeps into all kinds of places where it really isn't welcome.

Who cares what a nursery nurse earns in London? Who cares what the law says about pedestrians in Oregon?

We live in Switzerland now. It's what happens here that matters.
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Old 08.04.2011, 11:25
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Re: Back Home-isms.

I wouldn't be seen dead on a forum like this back home in the UK.
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Old 08.04.2011, 11:25
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Re: Back Home-isms.

Other than EF, I can't comment on Swiss forums, but I frequent C&B forum in UK and we get people there talking about what is happening at other clubs or in other countries. It's not a problem.
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Re: Back Home-isms.

If I wasn't distracted by your Avatar picture all the time.. I might actually take a minute to read your entire post to agree with you or reply with something meaningful in return.

Dang it....

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My crankiness of the minute (we'll see in an hour) are all the posts on this board that start out about Switzerland (in Swiss threads) and then become "well I don't know anything about the law in CH or how it works here but in *insert country* this is how...".

I'm sorry, but I do not see this is being helpful and quite honestly using acronyms even less so when referring to home country organizations (a real pet peeve of mine). NHS or DMV come to mind and are easy for me to figure out. But, please if you must talk about your home country just say "child services" instead of writing a bunch of letters that mean nothing to anyone out of your home country/region (just one example). Also, keep in mind some of us are not native English speakers.

Of course, I am not without guilt on the "back home-isms" and I apologize for them and when I use other languages than English.

Should this be in Forum Support? Perhaps, but I see this as a viable complaint.
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Old 08.04.2011, 11:37
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Other than EF, I can't comment on Swiss forums, but I frequent C&B forum in UK and we get people there talking about what is happening at other clubs or in other countries. It's not a problem.
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