Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Shan Eyelashes Are the Thai Pubes of the Eyes

The Thai word (also in Lao and Northern Thai) for eyelashes is khǒn.taa (ขนตา) literally "the fur of the eyes", whereas in Shan, eyelashes are called mɔ̌i.tǎa (หมอยตา).

In Thai (and Lao and Northern Thai), mɔ̌i (หมอย) means pubes, while taa (ตา) means eyes .

Although, the compound mɔ̌i.tǎa is meaningful in Thai, it is not used in the language since, interestingly, it means "the pubic hair of the eyes."

The Thai word khǒn.taa is meaningful in Shan but the compound means eyebrows. Thus, khǒn.taa in Thai and Shan are false friends.

The word for beard in Shan also means "the pubes of the chin" in Thai.

For more information, watch the video below.



But wait a sec, why pubes?

Pubes are curly/frizzy. My theory is that the Shan speakers interpret the curliness of the lashes and beard the same way they interpret the frizziness of the pubic hair.

Now, just for fun, when you look at people's lashes, do you see pubes? Does Kim Kardashian have pubes on her eyes?



Image via Flickr, Imdan




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