Word of the Day for Saturday, March 7, 2009:
555 /hâa hâa hâa/ LOL; onomatopoeic for the sound of laughter
I'm a smart aleck today with my "word" choice, but this is actually a useful thing to know. It's the Thai equivalent of LOL. Increase the number of digits and you go from LOL to ROFL to ROFLMAO to ROFLCOPTER.
Ubiquitous anywhere informal Thai is written. See Facebook, Hi5, Pantip, and a million more.
If you were to write it using regular Thai script, it would be ฮ่าฮ่าฮ่า.
Bonus vocab: Other ways of "spelling" laughter in Thai include อิอิ, ฮิฮิ, ฮาฮา and so forth. Note that ฮา is also an adjective meaning "funny" (ex: หนังฮาดี "the movie was pretty funny"), and a verb usually used with groups of people meaning "to laugh and have fun" (ex: ฮากันใหญ่ "everyone was laughing").