The Really, Really Big House Of Bees Is Back!

20 January 2015, TV = 1051.4 hours

AUA: advanced class = 1069 hours, total class time = 2007 hours

And I thought I was being such the wit when last year I ended a post about a giant beehive with two photos placed side by side, both close-ups and all texture and pattern: one of the beehive, the other of a large Bangkok apartment building. Sometimes it’s funnier to imply something pictorially — like, wouldn’t two pictures be worth 2000 words? — than to just state it baldly.

But then walking around Bangkok I come across

hive_building_2

For me the name evokes not only bees but also, as metaphor, the densely packed masses of people and the frenetic activity (and perhaps dehumanization) of an industrial setting; a “hive of activity” really doesn’t sound like any place I’d want to call home.

What, I wonder, does รัง evoke for native Thai speakers?

Language-wise my primary interest is of course Thai, but English is definitely an ingredient frequently stirred into the scene here, and I continue to be fascinated by its quirky handling, sometimes poetic, sometimes roughshod, sometimes just odd.

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