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Boycott Writ Large

The art and science of translation to or from Thai, with examples

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Boycott Writ Large

Postby David and Bui » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:36 am

The Nation newspaper today shows a group of monks affixing notices to a large, overturned alms bowl with the following caption:

"A group of monks express their anger on Friday by flipping the gigantic alms bowl after the charter drafting committee shot down a proposal to recognise Buddhism as the national religion in the charter draft.//Photo by Prasert Thepsri"

(For the photo see

The website has the following definition:

คว่ำบาตร khwahmF baat[r]L [verb, transitive, colloquial]

definition [Journalism] to ostracize; to boycott; to protest

components คว่ำ khwahmF upside down
บาตร baat[r]L the bowl carried by a Buddhist monk or priest

The story apparently is that a monk, wishing to ignore a villager who the monk does not wish to recognize, will turn his alms bowl (บาตร) face-downward (คว่ำ) when he meets the offending villager during the monk's morning collections.

Now, isn't this a much nicer, traditional metaphor than the English word "boycott" which the Thai newspapers often use?
David in Houston
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Re: Boycott Writ Large

Postby nabila1230 » Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:59 am

thank you to share with us, appreciated brother
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