So, should now the international language of love be replaced by
On 2 Oct 2001, at 0:28, Niall O Broin wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 01, 2001 at 11:06:57PM +0100, Paul Jakma wrote:
>> > On Mon, 1 Oct 2001, Niall O Broin wrote:
> > > Language pollution, similar to the universal use of "merci" for thank you in
> > > German (more or less) speaking Switzerland.
> > except they don't speak german in the germanic parts of switzerland,
> > they speak swiss-german. :)
>> Indeed, and what is Schweitzer-Deutsch (or schweetser-douche, as it's
> pronounced) but German with an (actually, one of many) accent, very many
> different spellings (some quite interestingly phonetic) and words imported
> from French, Romansch and Italian.
>> > "thank you" in swiss-german /is/ "merci" (with another word tacked
> > on). so no language pollution.
>> In 5 years living in Kanton Bern (officially bi-lingual, but mainly a German
> speaking canton) and in visits to many other parts of the country, North,
> South, East and West, I never heard anything other than "merci" used as
> thank you, whether speaking French or German. Can't speak for Italian - my
> Italian doesn't go much beyond "Two beers please - my friend will pay". What
> other word do you refer to ? (Unless perhaps viel Mals, pronounced awfully
> like fieldmouse, and meaning simply "many times" - quite analogous to "Cead
> Mile Failte" except of course that in the Irish version, there's only one
> source language involved.)
>> And I don't mean pollution in a bad sense here - I actually love the sound
> of Swiss German - much more mellifluous than High German in any of its many
> regional variations. And they use SuSE Linux a lot in both Germany and
> Switzerland (in a vain attempt to bring a little Linux in here, and to
> rekindle the distro wars :-) ). Came to mind because I just picked up a copy
> of SuSE 7.2 today which I'm valiantly hoping to get installed before 7.3 is
> released in a fortnight or so :-(
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