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  กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตนราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์ Above, in Thai script, is the official/actual name of Bangkok. It is the longest place name in the world. Bangkok is the word used by foreigners. The word is thought to have been derived from "Bang" which means "a village on a stream" and either "ko" meaning island, or "makok" a plum/ olive like fruit. I continue whiling away taking advantage of my time on the sofa with my flashcards trying to learn Thai and today's batch deals with grammatical symbols. Specifically, the ฯ symbol above, which is named เปยยาลน้อย and sig nifies that something is an abbreviation.   Alas, after five months of sofa-studying Thai, I have come to the conclusion that I might never be able to speak Thai well enough to not beget the famous Thai smile from strangers standing next to me, as they hear me ordering shrimp soup