#Thighland trended early morning Friday in both the United States and Thailand.
During a speech at the Whirlpool factory in Ohio, President Trump mispronouncecd Thailand as “Thighland”.
He pronounced it correctly on his second try but people had already caught the first one.
One Twitter user made a map of “the world according to Cheeto in Chief”.
Aside from Thighland, it features “Kneepal”, “Ankola” and “Asstralia”.
According to the tweet tracking platform, Twitscoop #Thighland has been tweeted 32,000 times in Thailand and 156,000 times in the US.
A linguistics professor at Swarthmore College, Rikker Dockum said that the second pronunciation was correct, and it is used by English speakers around the world. He emphasized that “this is not a disputed pronunciation,”
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An English-language online Thai newspaper changed their twitter name to “Thigh Enquirer” and took a jab at Indian-born American, far-right pundit Dinesh D’Souza for defending Trump.
An ardent supporter of the administration, D’Souza was pardoned by Trump in 2014 despite being convicted from violating campaign finance law.
He said that Thailand is read phonetically thus “Thighland” not “Tai-land”.
Thai Enquirer argued that D’Souza is “laughably” incorrect in insisting that the country is pronounced as “Thighland” and that those who read it is as “Tai-land” are those people who have never been to the country.
The tweet continued to educate D’Souza by sharing something that “Thai people actually say” it was ten number 5s.
5 is read as “haa” and is used to denote laugher if typed in succession.
D’Souza took notice and said that he was just pointing out that English speakers would read it as “Thighland”.
Twitter users have said that Trump supporters and Republicans better start and stick to referring to the Southeast Asian nation as “Thighland” in support of the president.