Have you ever met a Thai person called “Moo” (meaning Pig) and then noticed how large they are? Or have you ever met a “Nok” (meaning bird) who never stops talking? I’ve been noticing lately how Thai people seem to match the personality of the Nickname they were given.
Really that’s just the top of the iceberg when it comes to the weired and wonderful naming rituals of the Thai Nickname. Think about all the people you’ve ever met in Thailand and all those Nicknames you’ve had to learn, Nok is probably the most common one I’ve ever heard both guys and girls can have this name.
Thai’s have these ridiculously long Names that are difficult to pronounce and even more difficult for people to spell, in fact most Thai people would have difficulty in spelling other Thai peoples names so Thais have this tradition of bestowing an unofficial “Nickname” to their offspring typically with one or two syllables to make it easier to call them. In fact you would probably know someone for years before ever learning their real name.
While every single Pancake I’ve met really did have small tits there have been a few Pigs that had rocking bodies.
Not all Nicknames however are going to match their owners either, ever met a Pancake? How about a Pepsi? I’m sorry but if I meet a Pepsi I honestly can’t take that person seriously some people think those hippies calling their kids flowers and wind are out of their mind, man those people have nothing on Thai’s how about nameing your kids Golf, Bomb, Bee, Guitar, Oil, can you imagine being called Oil?
I can’t make Thai’s understand either, when I try to have a conversation to a Thai person about their name or the names of others and try to make them understand why “I” think that it’s a terrible name and I’d rather shoot myself than be called something like “Watermelon” they just don’t get it. Thai’s just get into the whole teasing thing either maybe that’s why they don’t get it?
The closest Thai’s come to Teasing is looking you in the eye and calling you fat, bald, old whatever but it always seems so genuine that I don’t ever really feel like that are teasing more like saying these things like the way they’ll ask you if you’ve eaten already a form of greeting as you’d really only say stuff like that to someone you feel closer to anyway. So how is it that Thai’s just don’t think that these names are horrible and embarrassing, honestly would you really think your parents were awesome if they named you after a carbonated beverage?
Honestly Thai’s live on another planet probably much more enlightened than the one I live on, If I ever have a daughter and am forced to give one of these names I’ll just do what all the Thai’s do that can’t figure out what to call her so I’ll just name her “Ying” (meaning female). If I had to choose a Thai Nickname I’d want to be called it’d be “Bank” who would you be?