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Old 12.12.2011, 15:07
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

Most thinks ending on -li make me smile for some reason:
-Föteli (picture)
-Hündli (little dog)
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Old 12.12.2011, 15:35
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

e löu, e blöde siech, e glünggi u e sürmu hei einisch mitnang krach gha, es riese grosses gschtrürm...

(a fool, an idiot, a dork and a mooron once had a fight, a real big row)

the start of a song, written by one of the best swiss german songwrighters ever, Mani Matter...
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Old 12.12.2011, 16:28
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köpfertaminamol - Swiss German - Köpfmetrooz

Some sort of word which express anger...don't really know what it actually means.
The first one is "Gopfertammi nomol" (contraction of "Gott verdamm mi nomol", literally: God damn me once again). No idea what the second one means. Alternative spellings available? After all, Swiss German is my native language, and I'm pretty good at expletives.

Maybe it's a bit like when my American OH hears words that simply do no exist. Once she said we (the Swiss) had mentioned the Baltic Sea several times. In Swiss German, that would be "Oschtsee," pretty far from "Baltic Sea". I assume, what her ears caught was something like "Das isch gwaltig gsii" (that was tremendous).

Could "Köpfmetrooz" be "Gopfridschtutz"?
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Old 12.12.2011, 16:46
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

Yien

My absolute favorite word.
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My favorite is güetzli. What's better than cookies? And it sounds much better than the standard German.

Speaking of cursing, when we lived in California, where there is a 'swiss list' email list, I asked who "Gottfried Stotz" was. That generated some good responses and laughs!
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Old 12.12.2011, 19:57
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

I like Zünihüsli - a great place for breakfast!
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I like Zünihüsli - a great place for breakfast!
Am I right in assuming that you mean "Znünihüsli"? Then it makes sense, meaning a little house for a morning coffee break.
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

As a French, I like "exgüsi" (excuse me)
It sounds exactly like the French "Excusez-moi". But they don't say the "moi" (me). But they write it in such a weird way.
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Old 04.01.2012, 23:11
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

with all due respect to the swiss german people, who i think are perfectly polite and proper, the sound of swiss german, 2nd maybe to fingernails scraping against chalkboard, wins the prize for most painful sound in the world.
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Old 05.01.2012, 09:22
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with all due respect to the swiss german people, who i think are perfectly polite and proper, the sound of swiss german, 2nd maybe to fingernails scraping against chalkboard, wins the prize for most painful sound in the world.
On the contrary, I find it quite pleasant, and certainly much nicer sounding than standard German!

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The first one is "Gopfertammi nomol" (contraction of "Gott verdamm mi nomol", literally: God damn me once again). No idea what the second one means. Alternative spellings available? After all, Swiss German is my native language, and I'm pretty good at expletives.

Maybe it's a bit like when my American OH hears words that simply do no exist. Once she said we (the Swiss) had mentioned the Baltic Sea several times. In Swiss German, that would be "Oschtsee," pretty far from "Baltic Sea". I assume, what her ears caught was something like "Das isch gwaltig gsii" (that was tremendous).

Could "Köpfmetrooz" be "Gopfridschtutz"?
You've got a good ear and a good imagination
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Old 05.01.2012, 09:38
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On the contrary, I find it quite pleasant, and certainly much nicer sounding than standard German!

Tom
Purely put of curiosity, not in any way intended to be insulting - but, do you have any background in music at all?

Have to say, I could see the appeal of some of the more "cutesy" terms in Swiss German to some types, but for me proper high-german, no dialect variant, is much easier on the ears.

That, and I can't bring myself to actually say things like "tägli"...
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Old 05.01.2012, 09:44
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As a French, I like "exgüsi" (excuse me)
It sounds exactly like the French "Excusez-moi". But they don't say the "moi" (me). But they write it in such a weird way.
What I used to like are those silly office translations of French like...
Je corridor = Ich gang = I'm going home.
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Purely put of curiosity, not in any way intended to be insulting - but, do you have any background in music at all?
Indeed, in fact I design pro-audio equipment for a living! (mixing consoles, large switching matrices, program distribution, etc.)

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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

I don't understand why someone would groan you simply for expressing the opinion that something does not sound nice to them.
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I don't understand why someone would groan you simply for expressing the opinion that something does not sound nice to them.
Don't worry, mamazurich. A groan here and there adds character.
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Don't worry, mamazurich. A groan here and there adds character.
Ah.... feel much better now.
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

you can practically get through an entire swiss conversation with a random stranger by saying "scho!?" at any pause in their story
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On the contrary, I find it quite pleasant, and certainly much nicer sounding than standard German!

Tom
Wholeheartedly agree! Not only not so gutteral but far less harsh and aggressive.
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Re: What swiss german words do you like?

After starting with high German, the dialects here sound very much like the language one would use to speak to babies or a puppy.

Now this word is my favourite,

Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswe rkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (The gap in we rk is Forum generated)

a shorter tongue twister: Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän
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