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Bütschgi, Groibschi & Gütschi


Swiss German is a strange language. It is definitely more than just another dialect of German. How else could you explain the many sub-dialects of Swiss German? Every region has it's own version of Swiss German: Berndütsch (Bernese German), Züridütsch (Zurich German) or Bündnerdütsch (Grisons German) are just a few well known examples. Of course, there are also similarities between the dialects and many times a dialect is perfectly understandable for someone from outside the region, as is the case for Aargauerdütsch (Argaau German) for example.

The diversity of dialects of Swiss German is best shown with a good example. I recently found this map with Swiss German words for "apple core" and was surprised to learn that many people in Switzerland don't use my own familiar "Bütschgi". In fact, there are 30 different ways to say "apple core" in Swiss German.

  1. Güegi/Giegi 
  2. Uürbsli
  3. Güürbsi
  4. Bütschgi
  5. Bitzgi
  6. Bitschgi
  7. Gütschi
  8. Butz
  9. Buschgi
  10. Butschgi
  11. Bäck
  12. Grääni
  13. Bäxi
  14. Grüüzi
  15. Gäggi
  16. Bätzgi
  17. Gigetschi
  18. Groibschi/Gräibschi
  19. Groitschi/Gröötschi
  20. Grübschi/Gribschi
  21. Bürzi
  22. Bätschgi
  23. Chääre
  24. Murmutz
  25. Urssi
  26. ds Inn(d)ri
  27. Huusi
  28. Spuele
  29. Bixi
  30. Butze
Many of these sound pretty similar (Bütschgi, Butschgi, Bitschgi, etc.) but there are also a few very unique ones in this list. My personal favorite is "ds Inn(d)ri" which is used in parts of the canton of Valais. Translated literally it simply means "the inner part".




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