Thai Word of the Day: “phaw keu phaw” (พอคือพอ)

“phaw keu phaw” (พอคือพอ) can be used in the following ways:

phrase: enough is enough

The phrase “phaw keu phaw” (พอคือพอ) is used for saying that something must stop because one can no longer accept or deal with it.

Examples:

– man theung way-laa thee ja bawk waa phaw keu phaw laeo
(It is time to say enough is enough)
– gawn chan ja glab ma, chan bawk phaw keu phaw
(Before I got back, I said enough is enough)
– nai-thee-sud ter gaw bawk waa, “phaw keu phaw” lae ter ting kao lang jaak dai rap kwaam-tuk ma 35 bpee
(Finally she said, “Enough is enough,” and left him after 35 years of suffering)
– chan mai kad-kawng thee ja hai ter yeum ngeuhn nid-nid-noi-noi bpen baang-krang-baang-kraow, dtae phaw keu phaw!
(I don’t mind lending her a bit of money now and then, but enough is enough!)

Li Morrissey
Course Co-ordinator & Tutor
Thai Language Tuition UK