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Could not find a proper translation...

Whats the meaning of Chäppeli in Swiss German?


I understood that can be several meanings: a Cap (to wear on the head), a Chappel. But Im not sure.


The context is a street named like this.


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Old 02.08.2020, 16:07
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Re: Could not find a proper translation...

For me, a Käppelli is a small chapel, which would make sense in regard to the context.
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Re: Could not find a proper translation...

Same as olygirl. Small chapel. If you say where it is we can tell you where the chapel is or maybe was.

They can be as small as this
https://goo.gl/maps/FsoGBgyUwBumhjAp7
or as big as this
https://goo.gl/maps/BgaVGwBfYKJZvAdg7
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Re: Could not find a proper translation...

Chäpeli = small (usually knitted) hat. Diminutive of Chappe (Hochdeutsch = Mütze).

a small chapel (Hochdeutsch "Kapelle) = chapäuwe. The diminutive is chapäuweli. Bear in mind that this is Bärndütsch. It'll be different in other dialects.
In some dialects it's nearer to "chapälli", but note the double "l", meaning the stress in pronunciation is on the double "l".
Chäpeli, with one "l", doesn't stress the "l", and means hat.
What's the actual street name you saw?

Clear as mud.

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Re: Could not find a proper translation...

chäppeliweg, hochdorf
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Re: Could not find a proper translation...

Most likely refers to a Chapel. As there are no rules to spelling in Swiss German, anybody can spell anything anyway they like, which can lead to confusion such as this.
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Most likely refers to a Chapel. As there are no rules to spelling in Swiss German, anybody can spell anything anyway they like, which can lead to confusion such as this.
Spelling has never rules but is always customary and by agreement. Never the less local spelling in Swiss German, specially on maps is mostly consistent. The most differences are due to local variations.

And do not forget, there are even Grammar book and dictionaries.
https://als.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramm...er_Darstellung

Now, "little hat" as a street name would be rather odd. Not impossible, but very, unlikely. But as we know that it is in "Kanton Lozärn", Chäppeli is a very common local spelling of "little chapel". Furthermore at the beginning of the street in question is the actual chapel:
https://map.geo.admin.ch/?lang=de&to...osshair=marker
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Now, "little hat" as a street name would be rather odd. Not impossible, but very, unlikely.
While I'm sure you're correct in this instance, rather odd street names abound in Switzerland. Take Elftausendjungferngässli in Basel, for instance.
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While I'm sure you're correct in this instance, rather odd street names abound in Switzerland. Take Elftausendjungferngässli in Basel, for instance.
Yeah, that's what happens when the Brits first convert 11'000 virgins from paganism, then travel to Rom with them all and stop in Basel to pray.

When ist's odd, it goes back to Brits.

<<Die britische Königstochter Ursula, Patronin der Jugend, soll im 5. Jahrhundert zusammen mit elftausend Jungfrauen auf der Wallfahrt nach Rom in Basel Halt gemacht haben und betend zu St. Martin gestiegen sein.>> source German
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While I'm sure you're correct in this instance, rather odd street names abound in Switzerland. Take Elftausendjungferngässli in Basel, for instance.

Give you a Himmelsleiterli in Zurich

Here some more:
https://www.srf.ch/radio-srf-1/radio...en-der-schweiz

https://www.20min.ch/story/du-wohnst...e-503643557336
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Re: Could not find a proper translation...

Chäppeli is a very Swiss diminutive but an archaic one (at least to someone who didn‘t grow up in a deeply religious rural part of Switzerland). It refers not to Chappe (cap) as one would guess today, but to the Latin root capella (chapel) or German Kappel, a pretty common name for villages in German-speaking countries and even in the Netherlands. Some were founded as/around monasteries, e.g. Kappel am Albis. As for spelling: it depends. There is a written tradition in some dialects, particularly in Berne. Not the same thing as rules, and an obscure subject for most locals.
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