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Old 08-19-2012, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by septimus View Post
I know babies here aren't supposed to smell flowers. To admire a baby you call it "ugly" not "cute."
Assuming that this Thai superstition is the same as what is found in many other cultures, the reason is that positive statements might attract the envious interest of malevolent spirits. Some cultures even go as far as giving children derogatory names until they've grown up a bit.

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