marcel barang


In English on 14/09/2013 at 10:39 am

The other day, the leader of the opposition here raised a storm in a D cup but I believe he was Ms-understood.

The Bangkok Post, whose translations of Thai idioms are always spot on if at times leaning on the slum-bum colloquial (remember Thaksin’s huey = ‘it sucks’ about Thai Inter?), had this to say yesterday:

A noisy chorus erupted yesterday in parliament with ruling Pheu Thai MPs and opposition Democrat MPs trading barbs over Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s controversial “e-ngo” (dumb bitch) remark, believed to refer to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Of that lady, Mr Abhisit reportedly said ‘that “no one could compete with her” if there was to be an e-ngo (dumb bitch) contest’.

Sorry, folks, this is Thailand. People misheard: Oxford-educated Abhisit was speaking Thai studded with the odd farang word and to be better understood by his Thai audience he used a Thai accent, which doesn’t know GO but only NGO. What he actually said was that no one could compete with her if there was to be an ego contest.

Nothing wrong with that, surely.


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