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Old 28.06.2007, 19:23
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The Wrong Word(s) [non-native speaker slip-ups]

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TWARF

I interpreted this as tw@ but it was meant as dwarf.

Still, legendary...!!!
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Old 28.06.2007, 20:57
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

Are you just talking about spoken gaffs? Here are a couple of spelling gaffs I've spotted:

An epilation "clinic" in Zurich has ads in the window with the tag line:

"You have nothing to loose but your hair."

Or - a gentlemen's garment shop on Kreuzplatz: when it first openend had a large sign:

"CLOTHS & SHOES" - It has since been changed into another name...
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Old 28.06.2007, 21:15
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

DIZZERTwhen saying Dessert. Drives me nuts.

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Old 28.06.2007, 22:20
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

My partner,bless her cotton socks has:-

Dstzwolf - supposed to be dwarf.

She also called me (in Swinglish) retarded for retired....on second thoughts.

Her favourite(although it does not come out wrong) is referring to me as an "island monkey". She and her Swiss friends think this is THE way to insult UK folks and is incredibly funny ...it seems.... and this from a rock hobbit!
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Old 28.06.2007, 23:27
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

"Hello together"
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Old 28.06.2007, 23:31
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

wictory, wersion...ect.

Pretty much all the v's come out as a w. I wonder why that is.
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Old 28.06.2007, 23:47
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wictory, wersion...ect.

Pretty much all the v's come out as a w. I wonder why that is.

"The wiews of the walley were amazing."
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Old 29.06.2007, 00:12
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

Life in concert...

Still annoys me after twelve years when I hear that on the radio.
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Old 29.06.2007, 01:07
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"Hello together"
Drives me nuts - all i want is ask if i can i have my hello as a separate line item....

And also

_ simpathic/sympathetic as in nice (Frankfurt, for example is not a sympathetic town, no pun intended for the Frankfurters, and my my mother is a very simpathic lady)
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Old 29.06.2007, 09:42
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wictory, wersion...ect.

Pretty much all the v's come out as a w. I wonder why that is.
It's the same with the "th" sound in English. Comes out a "D" or "T"

Next time you're with some Swiss friends, try getting them to say:

"Thirty three thousand feathers on a Thrushes feathered throat"

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Old 29.06.2007, 10:08
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

Don't know if this exactly fits in this catagory but I was just sent a flyer for cool kids fashions where the girls 4-14 clothing range is emblazoned with ' EAGER BEAVERS'
now am I the only one to find this slightly inappropriate ????????? Do people know what I am talking about?
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Old 29.06.2007, 10:15
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

IfI should list the crimes against the French language I come across in English language media...
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

Every year I wonder if I am the only one who finds the BLUE BALLS FESTIVAL in Luzern hysterically funny ...
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Old 29.06.2007, 10:35
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Drives me nuts - all i want is ask if i can i have my hello as a separate line item....

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_ simpathic/sympathetic as in nice (Frankfurt, for example is not a sympathetic town, no pun intended for the Frankfurters, and my my mother is a very simpathic lady)
This is a French thing. I think you are confusing it with solely negative connotations, such as compassion, or to imply sympathy for another's sorrows or troubles. Whereas it is actually a general kinship with another's feelings, no matter what kind.

In your example, I enjoy the notion that a place, object or person could reciprocate a sense of affinity. To not allow the word a broader scope is a mental limitation.
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Old 29.06.2007, 10:35
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Every year I wonder if I am the only one who finds the BLUE BALLS FESTIVAL in Luzern hysterically funny ...
You're not... when I read about it for the first time, I couldn't believe my eyes.
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Old 29.06.2007, 10:45
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IfI should list the crimes against the French language I come across in English language media...
Well.. it is French...

Down with Francophonie! Up the English!
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

my wife says all the time foreggen..instead of foreigner. there are some other words that i can't think of right now(:-

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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

SHPAGETI --> i hate hearing it pronounced this way!

"Remember me" when it should be "remind me"

"Could you borrow me..." when it should be "Could you lend me..."
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Old 29.06.2007, 22:16
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SHPAGETI --> i hate hearing it pronounced this way!

"Remember me" when it should be "remind me"

"Could you borrow me..." when it should be "Could you lend me..."
I'm always amused when my wife tells me that I should remember her. ;-)

The swiss often say "I have cold" instead of "I am cold". I'm always thinking that they're saying "I have a cold" and that they're feeling ill.
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The swiss often say "I have cold" instead of "I am cold".
At least a little bit better than to translate "I am warm" word by word into German...
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