znüni und zvieri
SWISS WORD OF THE WEEK
If you are Swiss or your kids go to Swiss local school then you will know exactly what these two Swiss German words mean. Basically, Znüni is the fifteen minute or so break taken in the morning at around nine o'clock, it's also the food (sandwich or fruit most of the times) eaten during that break. "nuni" is nine. Zvieri is the same thing in the afternoon "vieri" is "four" - so this break is usually then taken at four o'clock in the afternoon.
This break is taken by young and old, so often you will see the coffee shops packed full with "builders" having their coffee break, chatting to co workers or reading the newspaper. These breaks are common across all of Switzerland, but these terms are used only in the Swiss German Region.
The favourite thing I like about this snack time is the poster that has been issued by the government detailing healthy snack tips!