According to General Prayuth “Thai could supersede English as the dominant world language”. This shock announcement came during his Children’s Day address to Thailand’s youth.
This is a strange thing to say considering that English has 942 million speakers and Thai has only 60 million speakers. In addition Thai has its own unique alphabet whereas English shares the Roman alphabet along with most European languages. Thai ranks in the top ten of languages that are the most difficult to learn and its only spoken in Thailand.
It is impossible to imagine that 900 million of the world’s non-Thai population would volunteer to learn Thai. So, what is behind these remarks, is it just a senior moment of dementia, or is there something more sinister at work?
Private Tye has been hearing disturbing reports of Prayuth clones turning up all over Thailand. It is possible that Prayuth is building an army of more than a billion clones. Science fiction writers have been expecting this for years. It nearly happened in 2010 when Milla Jovovich along with thousands of her clones attempted to take over the world and make Ukrainian the dominant language. Fortunately the world was saved from this resident evil by the Umbrella Corporation.
For most people a world dominated by Milla Jovovich clones is not such a bad idea, but billions of Prayuth clones is truly horrifying.
The story from Khaosod English (12 Jan)
BANGKOK — Thai could supersede English as the dominant world language – at least in the opinion of junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha.
After awarding trophies to youths Thursday at the Government House, Prayuth gave an address encouraging children to embrace their language, which he assured could one day become the world’s common language.
“The most commonly used language today is of course English. If it was Thai, we’d be a great power already. Is there a chance? Yes. If you do what I say, one day Thai will be the world’s lingua franca,” Prayuth said.
He added that although Thai is relatively difficult to learn, more people are learning the language.
“[Thai] has 44 characters … we have tones and more vowels than English. One word has many meanings.
This is the pride Thais have built,” he explained.