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BANGKOK 23 April 2019 14:54
Jane Dough

Why are there so few Thai slang terms for policeman?

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there's Ma ta หมาต๋า which is loadword from hokkien/cantonese Chinese, homonym with dog which denigrades them a bit

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The original names for policemen were affectionate later the less affectionate terms were possible because of the Rule of Law and Rree Speech which was extant in UK at the time. I don’t think that Thailand ever had either the Rule of Law or Free Speech to the fullest extent so there would be some risk in calling policemen names.

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