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Old 22.08.2011, 14:10
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Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

I'm learning swiss german and I am surprised of the use of the word "mega". It's a way of enphasizing something, and it seems to be used by a wide range of ages, from children to adults. Here some examples:

-Ich ha' mega hunger
-ish mega cool
-ish mega fain
-mega komisch...

feel free to add more examples
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Old 22.08.2011, 14:30
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

Esch mega-hurä geil, gall, weisch?
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Old 22.08.2011, 14:37
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

during a Eurovision interview, I heard Lena say "Megatoll".

Conversely in the US, kids have been using "über" in the same context.
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Old 22.08.2011, 14:38
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

I love the sound of "SH" in this dialect weisch!
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Old 22.08.2011, 14:58
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

I really like this too. I read somewhere that it comes from Greek. But I can't help associating it with the SI prefix for 10^6, so when someone says 'mega cool' or 'mega fain' it always makes me smile a little....oh dear
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Old 22.08.2011, 15:14
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

LOL interesting association
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I love the sound of "SH" in this dialect weisch!
Jo, s'isch Shuper, oder!?!?!?
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

ish so lässig (another word I love)
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

It seems to function as what grammarians call an augmentative particle. "Augmentative" because it indicates an increase in size or intensity, a "particle" because its use does not appear to be stand-alone.
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

Mega corny. Super was already pushing it, but mega...What a parasite.
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

will they continue and start to call things 'giga' as well? Only time will tell.
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It seems to function as what grammarians call an augmentative particle. "Augmentative" because it indicates an increase in size or intensity, a "particle" because its use does not appear to be stand-alone.
Shuper Erklärig. Total Mega!
(although the latter would indicate that Mega need not be a particle).
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Re: Use of the word "mega" in schweizerdeutsch :)

"Mega" was briefly popular amongst a certain kind of young person in the English Midlands back in the eighties.

I loathed it then, and haven't really warmed to it much over here either.

Do you think they'd ever take to "Boschtin" instead?
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"Mega" was briefly popular amongst a certain kind of young person in the English Midlands back in the eighties.

I loathed it then, and haven't really warmed to it much over here either.

Do you think they'd ever take to "Boschtin" instead?
Oh dear god, DB, don't start Wolli again on the bosch stuff
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will they continue and start to call things 'giga' as well? Only time will tell.
I think giga has gone. You had to be younger than 15 and it was only ever used in combination with mega...mega-giga geil.
Giga alone just doesn't sound as good as mega or the even better "huere"
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Shuper Erklärig. Total Mega!
(although the latter would indicate that Mega need not be a particle).
Right, funny use of "total" as well
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