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Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

So, according to this article, there is such a thing as a national sense of humour. It's embedded on the language and culture. Rather than displaying how a nation differs to the other nations, the article argues that the broadly shared sense of humour is probably one of the best indicators for how assimilated certain society is as a nation.

Now, this puzzles me a bit, on how this would apply to CH as the country has 4 languages, and I assume each has its own typical humour that the others wouldn't necessarily understand

But I could easily draw a conclusion that EF has a broadly shared sense of humour, as it's shown when newbies often got surprised (and sometimes took offence) by the (tongue-and-cheek) responses by the EF members (or should I say EF legends, veterans, and whatnot?).
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Re: Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

No, they like to say monty python a lot and 'laugh' but I suspect they have no idea what the hell is going on
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So, according to this article, there is such a thing as a national sense of humour. It's embedded on the language and culture. Rather than displaying how a nation differs to the other nations, the article argues that the broadly shared sense of humour is probably one of the best indicators for how assimilated certain society is as a nation.

Now, this puzzles me a bit, on how this would apply to CH as the country has 4 languages, and I assume each has its own typical humour that the others wouldn't necessarily understand

But I could easily draw a conclusion that EF has a broadly shared sense of humour, as it's shown when newbies often got surprised (and sometimes took offence) by the (tongue-and-cheek) responses by the EF members (or should I say EF legends, veterans, and whatnot?).
I haven\t read the article yet but I imagine they mean CH humour is based around the differences in culture and languages within CH, whereas other countries don't have that so much so the humour is based on differences with other countries.

EDIR. I've read the article and I clearly misunderstood your point. I think the different areas of CH will have different types of humour but might will still be about other countries, but in my experience it is also about other regions and language cultures within CH

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So, according to this article, there is such a thing as a national sense of humour. It's embedded on the language and culture. Rather than displaying how a nation differs to the other nations, the article argues that the broadly shared sense of humour is probably one of the best indicators for how assimilated certain society is as a nation.

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Yes, I think it is. Not only because an "outsider" cannot understand a very specific cultural reference embedded in a joke, but also because people find some subjects more amusing than the others. Some laugh at jokes with farts, for instance, while others might see this not as very funny. Same goes for a multitude of subjects - other nationalities, race, sex, life events, you name it.
Some like the jokes to be very explicit, very script like, others love the jokes that come spontaneously out of life situations (again, sometimes embedded with obscure or not so obscure cultural references), or from play on words etc.etc.etc.... So much to say about humour, really....and I would say there is a Swiss humour too, but there is also an "universal" sense of humour.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

I thought the Ricola "ankle biter" series of commercials demonstrated the Swiss German sense of humor pretty well. They have also done some funny, "Who invented it" commercials, but they are not specifically Swiss humor.
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...I imagine they mean CH humour is based around the differences in culture and languages within CH, whereas other countries don't have that so much so the humour is based on differences with other countries.

...CH will have different types of humour but might will still be about other countries...


Very true, "26 Minutes" on RTS presented by Vincent Veillon and Vincent Kucholl pokes fun at themselves, and foreigners.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeBHr5TJ6K4


and for the probably very few who have not yet seen the hilarious Switzerland Second clip, here it is again...enjoy!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reuJ8yVCgSM
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Re: Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

Honestly don't know what you're going-on about, but:


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Re: Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

Thank you all for your comments. I see some of you got the gist of the article. But for those who didn't, the article actually wants to point out that the more broadly shared the humour within the nation, the more social cohesive the nation or the country is.
Now if we apply it to the case of CH, whether that means the people here is socially less cohesive given the seemingly different types of humour in different areas (e.g. German-speaking, French-speaking, Italian-speaking). I rest my case
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Re: Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

Swiss never laugh. Case closed.
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Swiss never laugh. Case closed.
Correction: you don't make them laugh.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

sample

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2ssHpOX2Y4
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Re: Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

Hi, some examples, maybe you like it.....

Manne im Einkaufzenter: "Ich sueche mini Frau! Ich au, wie gseht Dini us?" "Blond, schlank, Superfigur, schöne Buse, und Dini?" "Vergisses, chumm mir suechet Dini!"



Polizischt bir Kontrolle: "I öiem Zuestang heisst Devise: Hände weg vom Steuer". "Geits no, itz bini bsoffe u söu no freihändig fahre".


Fritz i de RS: Er schribt de blonde Fründin es SMS "Wänn das so witer gaht wird i no Schwul!" Sie schribt zrugg "Isch das höcher als Fäldweibel?"


I think, language is the key
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Correction: you don't make them laugh.
I guess they're just too polite to laugh at him.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

Hahhahaha it was funny! come on... different style, yeah, for sure, but funny..
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Hi, some examples, maybe you like it.....

Manne im Einkaufzenter: "Ich sueche mini Frau! Ich au, wie gseht Dini us?" "Blond, schlank, Superfigur, schöne Buse, und Dini?" "Vergisses, chumm mir suechet Dini!"



Polizischt bir Kontrolle: "I öiem Zuestang heisst Devise: Hände weg vom Steuer". "Geits no, itz bini bsoffe u söu no freihändig fahre".


Fritz i de RS: Er schribt de blonde Fründin es SMS "Wänn das so witer gaht wird i no Schwul!" Sie schribt zrugg "Isch das höcher als Fäldweibel?"


I think, language is the key
That's in weird German, therefore no funny.
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That's in weird German, therefore no funny.
The first one was funny, something along the line:
two men in a shopping centre."I'm looking for my wife""Me too, how does you wife look like?""Blonde, slim, super fit, nice breast..and yours?""Forget about mine, let's go find yours"
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Re: Is there such a thing as a Swiss sense of humour?

Had no chance to read the thread - sorry- but I personally find it wonderful when I'm laughing with my Swiss friends (sometimes I have to push a bit, but not often)
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The first one was funny, something along the line:
two men in a shopping centre."I'm looking for my wife""Me too, how does you wife look like?""Blonde, slim, super fit, nice breast..and yours?""Forget about mine, let's go find yours"
Ok. Thanks! Not funny haha way but funny in a bad-joke kinda way. I love bad jokes.

I was being facetious. Loads of people don't share the same sense of humor within one culture, so to draw some stereotypes about a country and their sense of humor is probably tricky.

I had to dig through the pragma linguistic theories on transparency of jokes, puns, humor in general and tolerance of riské stuff, and it is probably similar to cultural theories on politeness. Jokes always test that. The sense of appropriacy and what touches the no-no territory. Face-saving and self-image protecting oriented cultures will insist on rituals, knee-slapping and expected stuff. Announcing the joke times. Dry humor is different. I miss black humor from home. It is horribly mean. Unexpected.

The idea of PC and other imposed theories destroy humor, me thinks. On the other hand, constant ribbing and ripping on somebody gets old, too. And not funny.

It is fun to notice how some trivial banalities exhilarate people here.

We don't laugh enough, do we.
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Ok. Thanks! Not funny haha way but funny in a bad-joke kinda way. I love bad jokes.

I was being facetious. Loads of leople don't share the same sense of humor within one culture, so to draw some stereotypes about a country and their sense of humor is probably tricky.

I had to dig through the pragma lingvistic theories on transparency of jokes, puns, humor in general and tolerance of riské stuff, and it is probably similar to cultural theories on politeness. Jokes always test that. The sense of appropriacy and what touches the no-no territory. Face-saving and self-image protecting oriented cultures will insist on rituals, knee-slapping and expected stuff. Announcing the joke times. Dry humor is different. I miss black humor from home. It is horribly mean. Unexpected.

The idea of PC and other imposed theories destroy humor, me thinks. On the other hand, constant ribbing and ripping on somebody gets old, too. And not funny.

It is fun to notice how some trivial banalities exhilarate people here.

We don't laugh enough, do we.
Thanks, agree. And the background is really interesting
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Ok. Thanks! Not funny haha way but funny in a bad-joke kinda way. I love bad jokes.

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Hehe, they were from the series

https://www.englishforum.ch/jokes-fu...lenge-you.html
 

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