Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Play Name

Thais usually have a nickname, or as it's known in Thai, a cheu len ชื่อเล่น which translates literally as "play name". The monikers are often cute and endearing, and similar to classic American nicknames like "Slim", "Butch", "Shorty", and "Red", the epithets often reference some unique characteristic of the person. The other day I took a taxi with a driver known as "Rabbit". After he told me his nickname, I kept imagining what he would look like with long, floppy ears and rabbit teeth.