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Bong vs Oun

Postby Wayward Woods » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:48 am

Ok, so I getting the technical difference between them. But there are some complicated times:

I once called my young secretary at the office “oun” - a guy told me not to do that, it was too flirtatious. But, calling a 22 year old woman “bong” seems odd.

And what about relationships? In theory, what if the girl is older?

What about lower level staff in general?
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Alexandra » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:52 am

It depends much on your own age and social status in relation to the person you're addressing, up to a certain threshold where everyone is bong to each other. Generally my bongs and poos are not the same as yours.

Please post revealing photos of your young secretary so that I can judge her easier.
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby ផោមក្លិនស្អុយ » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:04 pm

If younger just use her name.
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Lucky Lucan » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:07 pm

Wayward Woods wrote:I once called my young secretary at the office “oun” - a guy told me not to do that, it was too flirtatious.


I think you are supposed to say B'oun.
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Marinaris » Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:55 pm

Lucky Lucan wrote:
Wayward Woods wrote:I once called my young secretary at the office “oun” - a guy told me not to do that, it was too flirtatious.


I think you are supposed to say B'oun.


Just call the staff by her name.
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Kachang » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:35 pm

Wayward Woods wrote:Ok, so I getting the technical difference between them. But there are some complicated times:

I once called my young secretary at the office “oun” - a guy told me not to do that, it was too flirtatious. But, calling a 22 year old woman “bong” seems odd.

And what about relationships? In theory, what if the girl is older?

What about lower level staff in general?


You can not just use 'oun' because it is flirtatious (and it's an abbreviation). The correct form is 'P'oun Srey'. You can also use her name, or her nickname, or if you know the name of her child it's common to call her 'Ma <fill in name child>'. Same applies to lower level staff.

And don't break your head about a Khmer girl ending up with a younger guy. Is like looking for a white tiger.
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Wayward Woods » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:57 pm

Kachang wrote:
And don't break your head about a Khmer girl ending up with a younger guy. Is like looking for a white tiger.


I bet it’s happened... some of these women look a lot younger than their ages... so, what would they use with one another?
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby ផោមក្លិនស្អុយ » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:30 pm

Wayward Woods wrote:
Kachang wrote:
And don't break your head about a Khmer girl ending up with a younger guy. Is like looking for a white tiger.


I bet it’s happened... some of these women look a lot younger than their ages... so, what would they use with one another?

I know one such couple. The Bong and P’Oun are just reversed.
It’s normal for them, but every time I hear it I think it sounds weird.
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Jep » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:46 pm

ផោមក្លិនស្អុយ wrote:
It’s normal for them, but every time I hear it I think it smells weird.

Fixed that for you bro. :thumbsup:
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Equinix » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:56 pm

Once dated a woman that was a year older.

She called me bong and I called her oun. Unless we had an argument. Than I called her bong. Just to annoy her [emoji851][emoji56]

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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Playboy » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:09 pm

I know a couple here that are only a few months apart in age. They both refer to each other as Bong, which is a little odd when you first hear them talking to each other, but only for a minute or two.
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Jitters » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:17 pm

I had a fling with an older woman, about 5 years older I think. We’d call each other oun, each trying to assert the bong titles for ourselves. Only once in a while would I gain bong status, typically after I did her a big favor or paid for an expensive meal (or in bed, of course).
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Re: Bong vs Oun

Postby Albeiror24 » Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:43 am

Wayward Woods wrote:Ok, so I getting the technical difference between them. But there are some complicated times:

I once called my young secretary at the office “oun” - a guy told me not to do that, it was too flirtatious. But, calling a 22 year old woman “bong” seems odd.

And what about relationships? In theory, what if the girl is older?

What about lower level staff in general?


The use Bong/Oun in speaking (បង/អូន) is related to love affairs between a couple or in flirting. Using those terms within a working environment, would mean flirting with your colleagues, so it would give the impression that you are interesting in that young woman beyond that she is your secretary.

If you say Oun to a young woman, you can translate it as "Honey" or "Love", etc. As for men, saying Bong to a man is less compromising even if it comes from a woman.

Khmer Language is very clear: If you work with Cambodian people, you can call them by their own name if they are younger than you or by their position such as Secretary (លេខា), boss (ថៅកែ) or by their age condition: Miss (កញ្ញា).
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