Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Tical for Your Thoughts

In my December 15th post, I shared a Forgotten Treasure uncovered in Thailand.  It was a summons from 1913.  Way down at the bottom, I noticed a curious phrase.
Arrears Ticals
Thinking this was an obscure Latin phrase taught when students didn't use iPADs, I was at a loss.  So, I asked you.  And you came through!

Or more specifically, Bro.: Ernie from Holgate Lodge in the UK came through.  He sent the following information from of all places, a currency exchange site called Moneycorp.com.
The currency was originally called 'tical', which was used in the English language until 1925. 'Baht' was established as the Thai name by the 19th century. Tical and baht were both units of weight originally; coins were issued in silver and gold, valued by their weight in baht.
So, there you go.  Mystery solved.  "Arrears Ticals" therefore is a more colorful and local way of telling the brethren to "Pay Up!"  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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