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  1. If you're very strict, you should be aware that the curry pastes used to make curries very often contain shrimp paste. With som tam Thai I usually say mây sày kûŋ hɛ̂ŋ (don't add dried shrimp) to make it vegan. However, there are lots of som tam variants that don't usually include dried shrimp, such as sweetcorn and as mixed fruit. One needs to be a bit careful with tofu, making sure it's not egg tofu or fish tofu.
  2. Wrong. Oyster sauce does not contain mushrooms of any kind; it does contain oyster extract and is definitely not suitable for vegans. Here's the ingredients list for one brand: Water, Sugar, Salt, Malted Barley Extract, Cornflour, Oyster Extract (1.5%), Oyster Extract contains: Tapioca Starch, Oyster Extract (Mollusc), Salt, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavouring (Rosemary Extract).
  3. Have you noticed how many food workers here are Burmese, don't speak Thai very well, and certainly don't read it? Definitely at the lower end of the market written Thai isn't going to get you far. Still, worth a try.
  4. Actually, there are very few vegetarians in Thailand - it's really not a concept that Thai people understand. There are "jae" restaurants, but not many of them, and the stuff they serve is really unappetising (probably thanks to the lack of onions/garlic, herbs and spices). Personally I can't recall ever having seen "jae" street food (but then I'm not a street food foodie), though there is a well known chain of restaurants serving "jae" food backed by a religious institution. For most Thai people "jae" is a once a year novelty. Note that normal restaurants to not serve "jae" food as an option. In tourist areas they will serve variants of Thai dishes without animal protein (usually substituting with tofu), but the sauces will probably not be free of animal products, and the dishes will be tainted by whatever has previously been cooked in the same wok. As for "no MSG", mây sày phǒŋ chuuˑrót.
  5. I suggest you refrain from commenting on subjects you know nothing about in case others think you're "being retarded". Jae is taken so seriously that even the vessels used for cooking such food must not have ever been used for regular food.
  6. That really is one of the more ill-informed posts I've read here for a long time. Thai food makes extensive use of fish sauce, oyster sauce, shrimp paste, meat stock, and other animal-based products. And the so-called "vegetarian festival" isn't about vegetarian food. The food is vegan and eschews anything with strong flavours such as onion, garlic, herbs, spices.
  7. Uh, you missed the part above where I wrote this is a Chinese religious festival. It did not originate in Phuket, but in China where it's known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. More on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Emperor_Gods_Festival [English] https://th.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%97%E0%B8%A8%E0%B8%81%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%A5%E0%B8%81%E0%B8%B4%E0%B8%99%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%88 [Thai]
  8. The Forbes magazine article "The Top 10 Jobs That Attract Psychopaths" has been translated with "psychopath" as คนจิตป่วน. ยอดอาชีพที่คนจิตป่วนใฝ่ฝัน Psychopath is also rendered in the subtitles to Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough to read it all. It began (I think) อีโ... However, this may just be some general insult, rather than a direct translation.
  9. This Chinese religious festival is based upon the lunar calendar, so Bangkok's dates are the same as Phuket. The dates certainly won't be affect by the royal cremation. I trust that you're aware that in Bangok the festival is really only marked in Bangkok's Chinatown.
  10. Switch to the Sentricon system for eliminating/preventing termites. Much more effective than insecticide. (Insecticide only kills termites it comes in contact with. Sentricon makes any colony sterile so it dies out completely.) Plus no dangerous insecticides.
  11. Oh, belief in mumbo jumbo is hardly a Thai-specific thing. How many Americans believe in a god? Homeopathy? Ghosts? Nostrodamus? Big foot? The innate superiority of the United States overall other nations? That Trump is a fit leader for the country? All (and much more) utter tosh.
  12. Perhaps the theory that children create language is "utter tosh," but if so, that tosh is endorsed by scientists like Robert Sapolsky at Stanford and Stephen Pinker at Harvard whose book, "The Language Instinct," cites how children will spontaneously develop a grammar-consistent creole when growing up in a mixed culture. Here's a link to a lecture from Sapolsky's Stanford course on human behavioral biology. Perhaps your listening skills are a bit better than your reading ability. My listening and reading skills are just fine, thank you. Perhaps you could explain why you believe the preponderance of language innovation comes from children, not adults? After all, you did write "The general point is that children devise languages, not adults, for the most part" - a viewpoint which appears to be utterly unsustainable based upon available evidence. Children developing personal creoles is a mere sideshow in the evolution of language.
  13. I think you've forgotten what you originally wrote, and to quote "The general point is that children devise languages, not adults, for the most part", which is, of course utter tosh. Under normal circumstances children have a very minor role in the development of language. And nothing I've written suggests "children account for all changes to language" . Grovelling apology for your misrepresentation awaited.
  14. Really? I'm not sure that explains the large number of borrowed Sanskrit and Pali words in Thai, or of French in English. Of course, children give new meanings to existing words, such as "sick" , "bad" and "wicked", but that's a minor (but interesting) phenomenon, tinkering at the fringes of language. In the case of the Nicaraguans, there had been no deaf community pre-1970s, and no native sign language had evolved. When ISL was introduced it was rudimentary and not able to express everything people wanted to say. I posit that is why the language evolved so rapidly. Had ASL been introduced, there wouldn't have been any rapid evolution since ASL is much more complete than ISL was.
  15. Signing grew up independently within deaf communities across the globe, so one wouldn't expect it to be universal, and would expect it to be influenced by the written language of the region. For the British and American sign languages, despite both being influenced by English, only around 2/5ths of the signs are similar. Because of an historical quirk ASL is closer to French signing than British.