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Old 10.07.2011, 12:21
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Re: Why are the French-speaking Swiss called Welsch ?

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I may add that this is not the nicest word for the Romands... Welschschweiz is not really a nice word. It became Westschweiz in order to be more respectful. But Welsch in not really an insult, it's just somehow demeaning, a bit distant.
Welschland and Westschweiz are not fully the same, as "Westschweiz" also includes German-speaking areas. It is NOT a "new" word for Welschland but rather a geographic term, while Welschland clearly referes to the language area.

Welschland and Welsche is not deregatory. Do not forget that until WWII, CH German speakers tended to have their "Welschland-Jahr" which after WWII was replaced by 3 months or 6 months stays in England (mostly London & Bournemouth)
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Roughly what does 'bourbines' mean, Odile?
There's nothing in my dictionary between 'bourbillon' and 'bourdaine'.
Or is it some secret language we foreigners could never understand?
And "Toto" is an abbreviation for "Teutones" (Germanics)
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