Thailand's government recently provided new guidance on how the official name of the capital, Bangkok, would be used internationally.
The guidance, however, caused some confusion.
Some people thought it meant that English speakers would need to start calling Bangkok by its longer, local name, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.
一些人認為這意味著說英語的人將需要開始用當地的更長的名字來稱呼曼谷——Krung Thep Maha Nakhon。
But Thailand's Royal Society recently explained that the new guidance did not mean that people should stop calling the capital Bangkok.
The Royal Society is responsible for creating academic and language guidelines for the country.
In its recent guidance, the agency said the capital would now be officially known internationally as "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Bangkok."
在最近的指導文件中，該機構表示，首都現在在國際上的官方名稱為“Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Bangkok”。
This was a change from the old guidance, which described the capital as "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon; Bangkok."
這是對舊的指導方針的一次修訂，舊的指導方針稱首都為“Krung Thep Maha Nakhon; Bangkok”。
As people tried to understand the meaning of the new guidance, many saw the use of parentheses around Bangkok as a sign that the short form may no longer be welcomed like before.
The short name for the capital means "great city of angels" in Thai.
When speaking, most Thais shorten that name to Krung Thep.
Some language experts wondered if the new guidance would lead to difficulties for people not aware of the capital's longer, official name.
As the issue gained attention in Thailand, the Royal Society released a statement on Facebook explaining that its new guidance simply represented a stylistic change.
"Writing the capital city's official name with the Roman alphabet can be done both as Krung Thep Maha Nakon and Bangkok," the statement said.
該聲明稱：“用羅馬字母書寫首都的官方名稱既可以是Krung Thep Maha Nakon，也可以是Bangkok?！?/p>
What some people may not know is that even the term used by Thais to describe the capital is a shortened version of the official name.
That name, which has roots in the Pali and Sanskrit languages, stretches 168 letters.
It is more of a phrase to describe the city than a traditional name.
The Guinness World Records organization lists Bangkok's extremely long official name as the world's longest place name.
I'm Bryan Lynn.