BANGKOK – Residents of Thailand had been shocked and bemused on Friday to find their nation’s title had develop into a social media meme after U.S. President Donald Trump mispronounced it.
Although Trump rapidly switched to the proper pronunciation, individuals rapidly seized on the slip to mock the U.S. chief on-line as #Thighland grew to become one of many top-trending Twitter hashtags in Thailand with 32,000 tweets and within the high 25 in the USA with over 156,000, in line with the monitoring web site Twitscoop.
The English-language on-line newspaper Thai Enquirer modified its Twitter title to “Thigh Enquirer” early Friday morning and ran an article on the error. TNN On-line additionally reported the information, as did Thailand’s Voice TV, and Matichon newspaper.
One on-line joker wrote that Thighland was positioned on a cartographic leg between “Kneepal” and “Ankola.” The American president made the gaffe throughout a speech in Ohio whereas explaining how his commerce battle with China had compelled factories to maneuver manufacturing to Southeast Asian nations, Vietnam and, as he pronounced it, “Thi-land.”
Within the subsequent breath, Trump bought it proper, saying: “Thailand and Vietnam — two locations that I like their leaders very a lot.”
The meme escalated when conservative American pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was pardoned by Trump after convicted for violating marketing campaign finance legislation, argued in a sequence of tweets that “Thighland” is in truth the proper pronunciation.
Rikker Dockum, a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore School, mentioned Trump’s second pronunciation — with an aspirated arduous “t” as a substitute of a comfortable “th” sound — is the extensively used one in each Thai and English.
“Amongst English audio system world wide, this isn’t a disputed pronunciation,” he added.