In the French speaking parts of Switzerland, when an announcement comes on the speaker says something like:

cir-key-ont, cir-key-on (in my best phonetical spelling possible)

Seems like there is a clear "t" on the end of the first phrase but it isn't pronounced on the second one.

I tried using French dictation on my device and it wrote

ce qui ont ce qu'ils ont

Which is obviously not what I'm looking for and clearly I cannot imitate the phrase for the life of me.


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That's certainly:

Chères clientes, chers clients ! (Dear customers)

The expression is not specific to Switzerland.

  • It seems the same message is also played on public transportation. It's okay to call transport riders customers?
    – Mou某
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 10:59
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    Sure, they pay for it.
    – jlliagre
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 11:46
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    Impressed by your phonetic reading skills, +1! Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 17:43

The expression would work out as

Mesdames et messieurs !

  • 1
    Bienvenue sur FSE. This is another way to make an announcement, but it does not correspond to what the OP heard.
    – livresque
    Commented Oct 31, 2020 at 15:41

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