What’s your first language? If you’re reading this, chances are it’s English. Mine was Thai.

Thai is a funny language. In my biased opinion, it is the language most naturally inclined towards puns — most of the vocabulary is monosyllabic and thus, most adjectives and adverbs tend to be onomatopoeias. The fact that there is a separate vocabulary dedicated to politeness means you can be exceptionally sarcastic. People get nicknames, and they stick for life. In fact, I don’t know most of the legal names of my relatives. I only know them as their monikers: Aunt Smiley, Small Aunt, Aunt…

Trisha Kietikul

Thinking a lot, writing a little

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