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Old 03.04.2012, 16:29
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There is a vidéo of Marie-Thérèse Porchet re 'la panosse' if somebody can post it.

Also:

une patte = un torchon = a dishcloth
un linge = une serviette = a towel
une lavette = un gant de toilette = a face cloth and also figuratively = a wimp!
And of course 'les bourbines' our affectionate term for our friends over the 'barrière de roeschti'. (also by Marie-Thérèse - where she makes fun of the Swiss German name for ECBs future home, Délémont = Pruntrut (sp?))

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And the many different ways to call a mop!

Une panosse, in my area. The proper wrod being 'serpillère', of course.
Same down my way too, confused the missus no end first time she heard it.
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And of course 'les bourbines' our affectionate term for our friends over the 'barrière de roeschti'. (also by Marie-Thérèse - where she makes fun of the Swiss German name for ECBs future home, Délémont = Pruntrut (sp?))
Pruntrut = Porrentruy
Dielsberg = Delémont
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Old 03.04.2012, 17:12
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Pruntrut = Porrentruy
Dielsberg = Delémont
It's funny that living in a bi-lingual canton, a lot of the German village names have a French equivalent; Düdingen/Guin, Kerzers/Chiêtres, Tentlingen/Tinterin, whereas the villages on the French side do not have a German equivalent. None that I know of anyway. Murten/Morat is pretty much on the linguistic border anyway.
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Pruntrut = Porrentruy
Dielsberg = Delémont

Oh dear, ooooooops - and me a Jurassienne by origin! The shame
I was born in a village with a very pretty name though - so pretty that a brand of French butter chose it for one of their products - not knowing a village of said name existed. Lots of flowers ...

The towns with 2 names are right on the linguistic border, so no wonder that have dual nomination Mind you Neuchatel is also called Neuenburg - and was in Prussian hands right up to the middle of the 19C Revolution. And Geneva is called Genf too. Lausanne though remained Lausanne right through Bernese 'ownership'.

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for those who remember in Geneva the EPA store on the Rue du Rhone that was called the UNIP by many..
UNIP was the romand name before EPA was adopted nation-wide..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/51485460@N04/5372552185/
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UNIP was the romand name before EPA was adopted nation-wide..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/51485460@N04/5372552185/
And from memory UNIP was short for "UniPrix" and EPA for "Einheitspreis-Aktiengesellschaft"
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Re: swiss french words!!!

Renverse=caffe latte
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Re: swiss french words!!!

yes, the adieu confused my french family too, my sil said she would only say adieu to someone she never wanted to see again! here, it's an old timey thing, i notice all my over 60 friends (hahaha, pretty much most of my neighborhood!) use adieu frequently ( and not just to me!)
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Re: swiss french words!!!

I have an elderly friend who insists on asking for a schweppes when she wants a soft drink, the waiter will then ask if she wants tonic water, lemonade, coke, etc.

In Geneva I've often heard people say 'paraillement' for 'the same to you', and of course, my favourite one; 't'es foutu'. Picked that one up from my kids and shocked their infant school teacher when I asked her what it meant. Certainly didn't learn useful things like that when I had french lessons in the early seventies!
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Pheeew I only started teaching in the UK in 82 - so it wasn't me 'what did it', lol.

Pareillement, yes, same to you. From 'pareil' - the same/similar.

In the 60s we had a young chemist from Macchesfield area working here for a couple of years. After about 8 months, he decided French was indeed very simple. Anything was either 'un truc' or 'un machin' or 'un bidule' and if there was a lot of things together 'du bordel' I did try to explain there was a bit more to it ... but he wouldn't listen.
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Oh, yes; Machin-bidule-schweppes! Remember my lads refering to things they couldn't remember the name of that way when they were small. Picked up in school again I'm afraid!
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Re: swiss french words!!!

A couple more which I don't think have been mentioned yet :

un tablard = a shelf (une étagère in "standard" French)
un contour = a bend (un virage)
des catelles = kitchen/bathroom tiles (du carrelage)
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I always call it La Placette - for those who remember in Geneva the EPA store on the Rue du Rhone that was called the UNIP by many..
Oh and don't forget Grand Passage and Pharmacie Principale
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Re: swiss french words!!!

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And my mother usually called it "Les Ours Marins".
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Ouaip..
Tu vois comment ?
Ca joue
Service !! (you're welcome)
On y va comme ça ? (we agree on this)
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ça boume?
ça marche?
ça baigne?
ça roule?

And very silly kids songs:

Cupidon veux-tu du fromage?
Oui maman avec du sucre dessus.
Mais mon fils ce n'est pas d'usage
Alors maman tu peux t'le mettre au ...
Cupidon veux-tu ....

or

Au clair de la lune
j'ai peté dans l'eau
ça faisait de bulles
c'était rigolo

Innocent days.

We used to laugh about this sentence

'la bise au lac Léman' (une bisaule being a silly rude word for a man's ....)

(sounds like : la bisaule à Clément). Childish I know...

Typically Swiss French the 'à' somebody instead of 'de'

C'est la copine à Pierre (or even 'au' with a vowel) c'est la voiture au Jean.

Also the use of 'le' or 'la' in front of a first name. Same as in the UK 'it's our Clare'. Et nom de bleu, c'est y pas la Marie = by Jove ain't it our Marie!
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La vie est dure, sans confiture !!
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Re: swiss french words!!!

A bit of topic... but I can't resist...

A few years ago a colleague of mine was trying to explain "gender" to a visitor. He went like this:

Most French nouns are either masculine or feminine. The word "cuillère" (French for "spoon") is usually feminine, as in "Je mange ma soupe avec ma cuillère" but it can also be masculine as in "J'ai lavé mon cul hier".

Sorry for the poor taste. I think I need coffee...
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Service !! (you're welcome)
On y va comme ça ? (we agree on this)
Service that 's one I always find a bit bizarre.

Volontiers (with pleasure) is another one.

Also I find excusez doesn't sound right to me either. It sounds kind of rude as though the person is annoyed at having to ask but maybe it's because I'm so used to the French/Belgian way. Excusez-moi or excusez moi s'il vous plaît sound much more polite to me.

Also people here say 'je vais contre la ville' to say I'm going towards town which took me a while to understand,
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