Following a nice piece from Khun Voranai Vanijakaposted on Opinion section in Bangkokpost (find the link below this post). Language can define a social hierarchy. Thai _ beautiful and intricate _ is also a tongue that fixes each social class in its proper place. The way we refer to each other by simply using variations of the word ”you” signifies the social gap between the nai and the prai. Here are just a few examples: Mueng is an impolite word. It can be used as an insult or in anger. However, it can also be used to denote familiarity. Two friends referring to each other as mueng is normal and acceptable. A nai may call a prai mueng. But a prai would never address a nai in that manner. More