We're all familiar with Precious Thots (sorry). It’s that chain of gift stores that sell cutesy knick-knacks, from greeting cards to figurines to soft toys.
It ain't my cup of tea, but I’m sure there’s a decent enough market of kids, secondary school girls and mothers who're fans of twee bric-a-brac like Disney-themed mugs, oversized teddy bears and inspirational quote books.
In case you haven’t noticed, they’re no longer known as Precious Thots. Since September, the retailer rebranded themselves as Precious Thoughts — a nominal change, but something they presumably felt obliged to do, considering the long, amusing legacy their previous name left on the Internet.
Redditor u/crunchystuff97 posted on the Singapore subreddit yesterday (Dec 19) about the new name at its Raffles City Shopping Centre outlet.
Though the term “thots” may not have any negative connotations among the masses here (maybe among grammar nazis), it holds a very different meaning in the United States and in online culture.
You see, “thot” started off as an acronym for “that hoe over there” that appeared on Urban Dictionary in 2012, and gained popular usage across social media since then. In modern Internet slang, “thot” is simply a derogatory, misogynistic word referring to unsavoury, loose women.
It was pretty unfortunate then that Precious
Thots Thoughts held that association through no fault of theirs. Headquartered in Singapore (they’ve got 10 outlets across the island), the retailer has been successful enough to expand to establish stores in Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Right now, we don’t know for sure if Precious Thoughts made the decision to rebrand due to the thotty issue, but we’ve reached out to the company for information. It would be understandable too, considering the brand is all about being wholesome and family-friendly.
Still, years of online ridicule and memes would be enough to take a heavy toll on any brand. Here’s a sample of what Precious Thoughts have been subjected to since “thot” became a thing.