17 02 2010

I’ve been hanging out with a number of Thai boys over the last few months mainly because most of the guys who trick on their fixies so happen to be from Thailand. As you do when you start getting to know new people , especially from a different background, you start learning about their cultures and traditions. Some are similar, some are different and some make you think “WTF?”.

One culture that is shared amongst the Thai people and Aussies is the use of nicknames. A common example in Australia is just a shortening of ones real name. For example ‘Jase’ if you’re a Jason. Or Baz(za) if you’re a Barry. Sometimes its a take on irony – such as ‘Tiny’ for a big person.

But I found out that in Thailand, the nickname has nothing to do with their proper names whatsoever. Two of the Thai dudes I ride with all the time are called ‘Check’ and ‘Fiat’. Those are their nicknames. As you know, Thai names are un-spellable, so Im not even gonna try. For a long time I never thought anything of their nicknames. I thought it might have just been one part of their many official given names.

Over dinner tonight we were discussing names, and they told me that every kid in Thailand is given a nickname by mainly their parents when they are born. ‘Check’ – or so we thought, was actually spelt ‘CHEZK’… in short for ‘CHEZHKOSLOVAKIA’!!! When I asked how come, he told me that his father owned a footwear company back home that was called Chezkoslovakia!

I fell to the floor when I heard this. A little zany but kinda cool in a weird way. Not fully recovered from a what felt like cracked ribs from laughing, he also said that ‘Fiat’ was named after the car. I asked why again and he said that when Fiat was born, his dad had just bought a FIAT..!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Chezk said that your nickname could be from anything and most of the time its from something almost too obvious. Like how he knows two sisters back in Thailand whose nicknames were ‘Stereo’ and ‘Mono’. You guessed it. Their father owned an audio company!

Chezk & Fiat




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