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    vanilla Swiss almond

    Dear all,

    in the expression "vanilla Swiss almond ice cream", what exactly is Swiss???What does "swiss" refer to?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: vanilla Swiss almond

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Dear all,

    in the expression "vanilla Swiss almond ice cream", what exactly is Swiss???What does "swiss" refer to?

    Thanks a lot.
    It's the adjective to describe people and things from Switzerland.

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    Re: vanilla Swiss almond

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's the adjective to describe people and things from Switzerland.
    yes, but what does it refer to here? "almond"? or "ice cream"?

    Thanks

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    Re: vanilla Swiss almond

    Well, Americans like to make up adjectives and false associations to sell their products. At Starbucks one time I had a "Madagascar Chicken Salad Sandwich" which was ordinary curry. Haagen Daz is a fake Scandinavian name which sounds European enough to signify quality food. It's a common trick in North America.

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    Re: vanilla Swiss almond

    What an irrelevant comment!

    Swiss almonds are almonds with a sweet or honey coating.

    And lest you think this was made up as marketing ploy, you can check it out on the Nestle site. Unless the American are secretly manipulating the Swiss now in an attempt at market domination.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: vanilla Swiss almond

    ... so it's [[swiss almond{-flavoured}] [ice-cream]]

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    Re: vanilla Swiss almond

    So Swiss Chalet must be a chocolate covered log cabin?

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    Re: vanilla Swiss almond

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What an irrelevant comment!
    It is relevant, because learners of our language should be told honestly about our culture and the way in which commerce distorts the use of language here. That's completely germane, and reacting that way to it is uncalled for.

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