Recently I was asked by colleagues from the large Canton, what is actually the „s horny Siech“ is. In order to provide clear information to the Lords, I googled the following together:
Horny Siech, a term from the Swiss dialect.
Sickly - „Type“ (coarse, usually in conjunction with „horny“ (express respect), „blööde“ (express contempt) or „huere“ (as a general curse, as e.g.. „damn!“). Siech originally meant „Sick“, which is derived from the term infirmity.
Infirmity (Middle High German: siechtuom) refers to the state of chronic, to suffer exhaustion leading to disease processes. Etymologically, the word is related to disease.
In the past, (11. to 18. Jh.) has one languishing in infirmaries (Kotte also houses, Gutleutehäuser) summarized, da man – sometimes rightly – contagion fears.