Why Somchai?

Published on 29th March 2016 by Stickboy BKK

Why Somchai?

Believe it or not that is the most common question I get asked via email and on social media so after replying to yet another reader who was curious about its use by me I decided to type up my answer and publish it here for future reference and for anyone else interested as to why I call everyone Somchai.

It’s really simple and holds no racist connotations as some have suggested in the past and is never intended to be rude. Quite the opposite in fact.

why somchai

In Scotland where I come from it used to be common to call someone you didn’t know Jimmy. As was the case in Japan with Ichiro and in years gone by it was Joe in the States.

All very common male names from years ago that were used to refer to those we didn’t know and Somchai fits the same bill. A name no longer popular but still used when telling a story or cracking a joke.

So the next time I mention Speeding Somchai the cab driver or The Somchai Brothers – usually a couple of workmen making an arse of a routine job – you’ll know why I called the unknown guy Somchai.

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