One Thai girlfriend once told me that the term “pompooey” refers to little children or babies and has a rather positive connotation”. In TV-Ads in Thailand that show products for babies, these babies are usually overweight from a western point of view, but obviously Thai people consider that as very healthy. I also observed this in advertisements in China, where obviously overweight babies are also considered cute and healthy.
As far as I know the term “wan” really means “fat” and really having a rather negative connotation.
So if a Thai girl calls me Pompooey I usually try to think she is telling me I am cute.
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