Story of a bullhorn

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So this is what they call “bullhorn”. Of course there are other names for this thing, but one of its names is “bullhorn”.

In Vietnamese, “bullhorn” can be translated word-by-word to “sừng bò”. Vietnamese people also call croissant “bánh sừng bò”, because of its shape.

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In Vietnam, a bull’s horn was used to make a thing called “tù và”, a “biological megaphone” (I’m kidding), which is rarely seen nowadays. A “tù và” can be made from a bull’s horn, or a buffalo’s.

And I don’t think the word “bullhorn” has come from nowhere: a bull’s horn was also used to make some instrument, too, in some communities that have created and populated that word.

So what I mean here is that they, at least people who created the word, has kept using it for another thing which, I may say, has evolved from a bull’s horn but still has the same function(s). It can be called an “electromagnetic bullhorn” for a full name (I’m kidding again), but after all, it is still used to “amplify” people’s voice, so why have to use another word?

We, Vietnamese people, I don’t know since when, have started to make fun of people speaking naively. If someone calls a megaphone “tù và” in Vietnam, he/she will be laughed at.

It’s not only about habit, about something not similar.

It’s also about a desire to have someone to look down to.

It’s also about the fear of being different from others.

It’s also about the afraid of living normally, or seeking a normal life.


Speaking about croissant, “in many Spanish-speaking countries, a croissant is called a “cuerno”, meaning ‘horn’” — “Croissant” Wikipedia page.