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Old 16.12.2010, 21:24
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"Chief" for boss, manager, coordinator, director etc.
Funny. Chief is derogatory in fairly recent British slang.
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When I hear "chief" it makes me laugh as I think of us all playing cowboys and "injuns" as kids and I imagine some still are behind their big desks.
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Old 01.02.2011, 11:30
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Wellness - as a direct translation of the French 'bien etre'.
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Old 01.02.2011, 11:58
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Old 01.02.2011, 12:24
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Wellness - as a direct translation of the French 'bien etre'.
Wellness has been used in England for years by health clubs, the alternative medecine industry, etc.
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Old 01.02.2011, 12:56
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Maybe, but wellness has been used in English since 1653. That's not exactly what I'd call a new word.
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Thanks for the link Captain Greybeard - I meant 'wellness' for a spa, not as a state of being.
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My best was when someone was trying to tell me he went on a boat, and he 'ate backwards'. Sorry, you did what I had to ask?
He meant ... he PUKED
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just had to add another 'funny'...All Saffa's (South Africans) talks about robots (Yip, me too)...a robot in SA is a Traffic light
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Re: New English Words

ok...I am on a roll now...

Here in CH, they say: I'm going to take a bath in the sea/lake. It should be to go and SWIM in the sea/lake...you take a bath in a bathroom!
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Here in CH, they say: I'm going to take a bath in the sea/lake. It should be to go and SWIM in the sea/lake...you take a bath in a bathroom!
Depends. In many parts of the USA, there need'nt even be a bathtub or a shower in what they call a bathroom. When you go to the bathroom, that means "#1" (= liquid) and / or "#2" (= solid).

"Mam, the dog went to the bathroom in the middle of the living room carpet!"
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Old 01.02.2011, 18:49
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That's not a new word - that's just lousy grammar used by all too many German speakers. They assume, incorrectly, that seit=since. And it ain't necessarily so.

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Here in CH, they say: I'm going to take a bath in the sea/lake. It should be to go and SWIM in the sea/lake...you take a bath in a bathroom!
They probably mean bathe...
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Je me suis baigné/e = I bathed (in Lake, bath or whatever water)
J'ai nagé - I swam
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My best was when someone was trying to tell me he went on a boat, and he 'ate backwards'. Sorry, you did what I had to ask?
He meant ... he PUKED
We use "praying to the lord of porcelain" or "I have to call Ueli" (ich muess am Ueli go rüefe).
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Re: New English Words

Pretty many Swiss and Germans use the word colleague for friend/mate (German=Kollege/Kollegin) - usually I think that they're telling me a story related to work, to after a while remember and understand that it is about their mates.

Must confess though that as a non-native speaker, I use words like learnings (trying to re-learn that part though) and fill out with blah blah or other sounds when ever I cannot remember how to say or pronounce things, and I've also adopted the word handy since I arrived...
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Re: New English Words

Actually it is: BMW = Beemer, Projector = Beamer

I think Swiss and German use lots of Present Continuous tense in their grammar instead of using Simple Present: I do it often vs I'm doing it often.
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Stand up = get up (out of bed)
haha i had to laugh at this because my wife says it. Stand up...Umm like ok teachy hahah
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Re: New English Words

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un parking

le brushing (blow-dry_

le footing (jogging)

le pressing (dry cleaners)

and of course sweatshirts are called 'un sweet'.
Pantalon de Training for sweatpants lol

People in Basel also say: Would you care for a cup of coffee? No I don't want something...
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Pretty many Swiss and Germans use the word colleague for friend/mate (German=Kollege/Kollegin) - usually I think that they're telling me a story related to work, to after a while remember and understand that it is about their mates.

Must confess though that as a non-native speaker, I use words like learnings (trying to re-learn that part though) and fill out with blah blah or other sounds when ever I cannot remember how to say or pronounce things, and I've also adopted the word handy since I arrived...
You have to see that in Swiss-German "än Fründ" (ein Freund) is a personal friend, but somebody you know either from work or a common hobby or a club or an association is a "colleague"
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