Thai Word of the Day: “dte-ang” (แต๊ะอั๋ง)

“dte-ang” (แต๊ะอั๋ง) can be used in the following ways:

verb: to make advances / to make a pass at / to hit on / to take liberties (in sexual manner)

The verb “dte-ang” (แต๊ะอั๋ง) is to force physical and sexual contact on someone when not give permission to do so.

Examples:

khun kid waa kao dte-ang chan reu kao kae tham dee?
คุณคิดว่าเขาแต๊ะอั๋งฉันหรือเขาแค่ทำดี?
(Do you think he was making a pass at me, or was he just being nice?)

kao thuuk lai-awk lang jaak thee kao reuhm dte-ang lay-kaa-nut-garn kawng-kao
เขาถูกไล่ออกหลังจากที่เขาเริ่มแต๊ะอั๋งเลขานุการของเขา
(He was fired after he began making advances at his secretary)

khun cheua mai? kao dte-ang chan! mai keuy mee krai dte-ang chan yaang nan ma gawn
คุณคุณเชื่อไหม? เขาแต๊ะอั๋งฉัน! ไม่มีใครเคยแต๊ะอั๋งฉันอย่างนั้นมาก่อน
(Can you believe it? He made a pass at me! No one ever makes advance at me like that before)

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