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Protests put new spin on old words

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Three months of anti-government protests in Bangkok have given new meaning to common gestures and created new fashion statements, mostly in red, white and blue. Some ordinary words have been given a second life as well. 

Welcome to the world of protest slang. Here are some popular words understood among Thais in the protest context, according to Thai Rath.

Popcorn = bullets. This word originated from the clashes between anti-government  and pro-election protesters at Lak Si intersection on Feb 1. "Men in Black" emerged, firing war weapons concealed in popcorn sacks to avoid leaving shells on the scene, a precaution only trained professionals take.

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