Thursday, 15 November 2007

La bise bites

The truly terrible bise is back, colder than ever, stronger than ever, freezing us all to death at the bus stops. When I said my usual thing about how it isn't much like a kiss, someone this evening said that they had always assumed it came from the German beissen, which means to to bite. So maybe it's a leftover term from when the Bernois or other German speakers were occupying Geneva.