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Old 21.07.2013, 14:07
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'Frag den Pfarrer von Göslikon'

When I was a little kid (that would be in the 1940s) my Grandmother would retort, if we asked a dumb question or sometimes just if she didn't know the answer, 'Frag den Pfarrer von Göslikon'. That, at least is the way I remember it, correcting the grammar and spelling as best I can and looking on the map for a town of a name like that.

There is, at least, a Fischbach-Göslikon. She was from Bremgarten AG, 5 km away, and that my family's Heimatort.

The question: is (or was) this, a common retort grandmas would use in Switzerland? Something probably local?

My Mom's Swiss-German was often smiled at because she learned it from her mother; she left Switzerland at the age of 4, returning often but only as a tourist, and her style of speech was dated: as at 1917.
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When I was a little kid (that would be in the 1940s) my Grandmother would retort, if we asked a dumb question or sometimes just if she didn't know the answer, 'Frag den Pfarrer von Göslikon'. That, at least is the way I remember it, correcting the grammar and spelling as best I can and looking on the map for a town of a name like that.

There is, at least, a Fischbach-Göslikon. She was from Bremgarten AG, 5 km away, and that my family's Heimatort.

The question: is (or was) this, a common retort grandmas would use in Switzerland? Something probably local?

My Mom's Swiss-German was often smiled at because she learned it from her mother; she left Switzerland at the age of 4, returning often but only as a tourist, and her style of speech was dated: as at 1917.
Wen de hund nid gschisse haet , heater de has verwuetscht
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Re: 'Frag den Pfarrer von Göslikon'

"cat fur to make kitten britches, wanna pair?" that's what my German grandmother used to say, anyway.
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When I was a little kid (that would be in the 1940s) my Grandmother would retort, if we asked a dumb question or sometimes just if she didn't know the answer, 'Frag den Pfarrer von Göslikon'. That, at least is the way I remember it, correcting the grammar and spelling as best I can and looking on the map for a town of a name like that.

There is, at least, a Fischbach-Göslikon. She was from Bremgarten AG, 5 km away, and that my family's Heimatort.

The question: is (or was) this, a common retort grandmas would use in Switzerland? Something probably local?

My Mom's Swiss-German was often smiled at because she learned it from her mother; she left Switzerland at the age of 4, returning often but only as a tourist, and her style of speech was dated: as at 1917.
The statement certainly was Frag dä Pfarrer vo Göslike

There are hundreds of such sayings, just like verzell doch das äm Fäärimaa coming from Basel, and telling people to tell whatever to the chap of the ferry accross the Rhein. In Stein am Rhein, those of Vorderbrugg,. the Stein/SH territory of the south-side of the river were "renowned" for their Vorderbrugger-Schluck which meant a rather big gulp of wine ..... De soll emol choo actually was created on TV with a sketch but has entered dialect use nationwide.

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The statement certainly was Frag dä Pfarrer vo Göslike De soll emol choo actually was created on TV with a sketch but has entered dialect use nationwide.
Especially in Swiss ...... oh, never mind.
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