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How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

What is the best way to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

There is little reason for any Swiss to be offended, Hitler was not Swiss and you only proved what a prize tit you are...

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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

Would it offend people here if I deliver a swift kick to the ankle to everyone person who barges me in the street in Bern?
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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

Give us your worst story:

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There is little reason for any Swiss to be offended, Hitler was German and you only proved what a prize tit you are...
for the sake of being pedantic, which I know is one of your pet subjects ...
Hitler was Austrian ...
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for the sake of being pedantic, which I know is one of your pet subjects ...
Hitler was Austrian ...
So I edited it to 'not Swiss' just for you
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All the Swiss I know are German
Isn't that an oxymoron?
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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

Then I will edit mine from "German" to "Austrian" or "Austrailian".
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Then I will edit mine from "German" to "Austrian" or "Austrailian".
...or Swedish

I keep on remarking how Zurich is the capital of the country at the moment. It's really surprising how many people bite even though they know I am baiting them
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I keep on remarking how Zurich is the capital of the country at the moment. It's really surprising how many people bite even though they know I am baiting them
Do you do this in Zurich or any major city other than Zurich?
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Do you do this in Zurich or any major city other than Zurich?
I find it works with anyone Swiss. Try it
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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

For some strange reason, most Swiss get a little peeved when I point out that it was infact a Kiwi and American team who won the Americas Cup!!! I can't for the life of me understand why . I should have guessed something was up when I passed comments during the final about it being an all NewZealand affair!!!
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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

ah yes, the guy I sit opposite keeps going on about what a good week it was for the Swiss in sport - Roger at Wimbledon, that bloke in the Tour de France and of course Alinghi.

I keep on saying Wikipedia reference-linkBrad_Butterworth - that's a very Swiss name isn't it? And all the others they poached from Team New Zealand leading to some bad blood between the teams....
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ah yes, the guy I sit opposite keeps going on about what a good week it was for the Swiss in sport - Roger at Wimbledon, that bloke in the Tour de France and of course Alinghi.

I keep on saying Wikipedia reference-linkBrad_Butterworth - that's a very Swiss name isn't it? And all the others they poached from Team New Zealand leading to some bad blood between the teams....
there is a long history of this : Martina Hingis, Michael Kratovil (ok born here, but no Swiss passport), his father (Czech hockey player who "forgot to go home" & entered the Swiss team) .....

can't talk really, as most of the Scotland rugby team have more tenous links with Scotland than my American grandmothers cat ... Leslie brothers ....

Oh & Catty .... South African ...
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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

Well I'll give them Roger the Dodger and Cancellara (Tour de France bloke), so they have been having a successful week in sport. But Swiss money does not make a team Swiss!!! Allinghi=Mercenaries
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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

But a lot of sports team do that, the USA is known for giving top athletes to US citizenship just to represent them, be it in the Olympics or elsewhere. A lot of sports teams are guilty of this, not only Switzerland. Personally, I don't care about the Alinghi at all, hehe...
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But a lot of sports team do that, the USA is known for giving top athletes to US citizenship just to represent them, be it in the Olympics or elsewhere. A lot of sports teams are guilty of this, not only Switzerland. Personally, I don't care about the Alinghi at all, hehe...
A similar case exists with the Stanley Cup Champions. This last year the Anaheim Ducks had the highest number of Canadian players of any NHL team.
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What is the best way to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

Mine was: after 8 years in the country, one asked me when I will learn German, and I said I alredy know German: "Heil Hitler". That did not go down too well
seems that in your case breathing does the trick ......
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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

What's the difference between Alinghi and Arsenal or even at times Chelsea? Should the English media tone it down when those teams are doing well in Europe as let face it, they probably do so because they have as little English players and management as possible?
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Re: How to inadvertently insult a Swiss?

It's not the nationality of the crew that matters in the Americas Cup but the nationality of the boat. It must be made in the country that it represents. The Alinghi boats are manufactured here in canton Vaud.
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