Sunday, December 21, 2008

Crazy Monkey, Little Crocodile, and Big Egg

Bunny, Bobby and I decided to give ourselves Thai nicknames, Bunny of course is the Crazy Monkey (Ling Ting Tong), Bobby is the Little Crocodile (Jolokay Lek Lek) and I am the Big Egg (Kai Yai). All the more so because I bought a new shirt, it's white and billowy. Anyway, tonight we met up with Donny, and Rod & Tod - his two Thai friends. We explained our nicknames and they were utterly confused. Ling Ting Tong is okay, 'ting tong' isn't a real word... but it gets the point across - maybe like 'coo coo' or something. But unfortunately 'little crocodile' refers to a particular animal that's the worst of the scavangers willing to eat the most disgusting things around... so not exactly a cute name. And of course... Kai Yai turned out to mean "big penis." I knew the omlet - penis translation... but I guess any egg type product has penis connotations. Oh well... it was fun. Bunny kept trying to experiment with the language and the guys were alternating between complete confusion and histerical laughter.

At one point two other friends of Donny's joined us - two American guys he'd met through a teacher who is no longer at the school. Anyway, I really enjoyed talking to them, mostly because I could talk at full speed and actually have a conversation. But it was also a little awkward. I was really excited to get to really talk to someone new - you know full sentences and all. But I didn't want to be rude to our new Thai friends either. I guess it all worked out in the end. Mostly we all just laughed at Bunny as she tried to translate the idea 'size doesn't matter' into Thai. I think she got the words right, but the humor was lost after 10 minutes of translation. Still, it was fun, and I need more fun in my life.

T.A.G: Code Sweet Chili Sauce


Bezzie said...

I love the way this post reads like a dirty dr. seuss book!!!!!!!

Batty said...

I'd have thought testicles... seeing how eggs are testicles in at least 3 languages I can think of off the top of my head. This is too funny, though... I don't think you don't want to be Little Dick.

Jonathan said...

I never would have associated penis with egg... it is true then that gender is pretty messed up in Thailand (if you ask me, in a good way, too!).

Thanks for visiting my blog. I seem to be following the same path as you... except in Vietnam.


Michael5000 said...

My goodness you're a scream, Reb. I hope you're going to turn all this into a manuscript someday....

Rebel said...

Bezzie - I'm frightened about Jersey Boy's bedtime stories!!

Batty - yeah, it means that too, I think it just generalizes to the whole area though.

Jonathan - welcome to *my* crazy little overly-verbose blog! Good luck in Vietnam.

M5K - I might, but I'd never get around to... you know... editing it down to anything someone might actually pay to read.