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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocala View Post
    Do you need to use such a backward word? can't you say foreigner? isn't that the word that you would use (foreigner) if you never knew about Thailand? i really hate the way foreigners use this word to describe themselves, All Asians are gooks right? Will you call all of them Gooks? no you won't but you allow this ❇❇❇❇ word into your vocabulary! SAD.

    Farang is easier to spell than foreigner, east to get the i and e the wrong way round


    Gook is derogatory, Farang has less connotations with that phrase, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocala View Post
    Do you need to use such a backward word? can't you say foreigner? isn't that the word that you would use (foreigner) if you never knew about Thailand? i really hate the way foreigners use this word to describe themselves, All Asians are gooks right? Will you call all of them Gooks? no you won't but you allow this ❇❇❇❇ word into your vocabulary! SAD.
    I will use whatever words I chose too, if you don't like what I say or how I say it don't read my posts, and I'm pretty sure there's an option here to do just that automatically.

    There is nothing offensive about the word "farang" and perhaps since I interact with all levels and backgrounds of Thais on a regular basis for work I use it in a similar fashion. Only someone either ignorant of Thai custom/language would think otherwise.

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    To anyone interested I found a sensible explanation for the use of the term farang that anyone living in Thailand for a reasonable period will probably agree with;

    " So really, believe me, the word 'farang' is not in itself insulting. My own wife uses it about me as a matter of course and I would be rather surprised if she meant it in a bad way.

    That is not to say that 'farang' is actually a polite word. It may not be an insulting word but it is what we might consider to be casual or common language. It is a little like calling someone a Brit rather than British, an Aussie rather than Australian or a Yank rather than American. They are not actually insulting monikers in themselves but they are casual terms that encourage the feel that they may be used in either an affectionate or derogatory manner.

    I think this is what has really cultivated the myth that farang is an insulting word. It is not that it is an insulting word but more that it is lower class language.
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    Source and text in full: http://www.knowphuket.com/thai_langu...her-people.htm

    To conclude I agree with that author, there are some small minded ignorant angry people who are determined to "be insulted " whenever possible and then "come out swinging" to the supposed source of the insult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James HKT View Post
    " So really, believe me, the word 'farang' is not in itself insulting.
    This is my view. But the words that sometimes come before and then follow on, can be.
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    My understanding is farang is a slight corruption of the Thai word for French / France which were one of the earliest western explorers to came to Thailand, and that it is just a word that describes any kind of foreigner, I personally don't have an issue with it ( other than being described as French). Thailand is very different in attitudes to the UK so expecting not to be refered to in a perceived derogatory way isn't going to happen, it always amuses me when they charge foreigners more to enter places, I like to imagine that happening in the UK and the meltdown that would happen if it did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel&panada View Post
    My understanding is farang is a slight corruption of the Thai word for French / France which were one of the earliest western explorers to came to Thailand, and that it is just a word that describes any kind of foreigner, I personally don't have an issue with it ( other than being described as French). Thailand is very different in attitudes to the UK so expecting not to be refered to in a perceived derogatory way isn't going to happen, it always amuses me when they charge foreigners more to enter places, I like to imagine that happening in the UK and the meltdown that would happen if it did.
    I thought that also but apparently not since the first Europeans to come here were Portuguese.

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