The nickname of a Swiss is “Colin Tampon” (q.v.).
No money, no Swiss
i.e. no servant. The Swiss have ever been the mercenaries of Europe - willing to serve anyone for pay. The same was said of the ancient
Carians. In the hotels of Paris this notice is common: “Demandez
[or Parlez] au Suisse
” (Speak to the porter).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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