Sunday, July 6, 2014

If Thai calqued Chinese words: Mayonnaise

The Thai word for "mayonnaise" is "mayonnaise", clearly a loanword, but it's pronounced with a Thai accent, while in Chinese it's 蛋黄酱 (蛋黃醬) which literally means "egg yolk sauce". I like that the Chinese name is so much more informative. (For a while I didn't know that mayonnaise had eggs) So if Thai had calqued this word from Chinese, it would be "ซอสไข่แดง". (note that egg yolk in Chinese is literally "yellow egg" while in Thai it's literally "red egg")

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