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huaaR banM daiM maiF khaawyF haaengF
pronunciation guide
Phonemic Thaiหัว-บัน-ได-ไม่-ค่อย-แฮ่ง
IPAhǔːa ban daj mâj kʰɔ̂ːj hɛ̂ːŋ
Royal Thai General Systemhua bandai mai khoi haeng

 [example sentence]
"The top of the stairs of the home is never dry; to have a popular daughter." [See note.]

notesในสมัยโบราณนิยมวางตุ่มน้ำไว้ข้างบันไดเรือน สำหรับใช้ล้างเท้าก่อนขึ้นเรือน เมื่อมีแขกมาเยี่ยมมาก ๆ น้ำที่ติดเท้าแขกขึ้นไปทำให้มีรอยเปียกไปถึงหัวกระได หรือหัวบันได จึงใช้เป็นสำนวนว่า หัวกระไดไม่แห้ง หรือบางคนก็พูดว่า หัวบันไดไม่แห้ง In olden times, it was customary to place a water next to the stairs of a house to be used to wash one’s feet before entering the home. When many guests come to visit, their feet make water marks all the way to the top of the stairs. Thus, the idiom arose, “the top of the stairs was never dry”.
componentsหัวบันไดhuaaR banM daiMhead or top of a flight of stairs
ไม่ค่อย maiF khaawyFrarely; barely; scarcely; hardly ever; not very much; not quite
แห้ง haaengF[is] dry

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