I was ploughing through a bowlful of lettuce leaves the other day during one of my eternal attempts at dieting, which left me with yucky thoughts of green gunge in my belly but smiley thoughts of someone nick-named Lettuce Boy.
Nick-names are usually given out of endearment. Or they could be given as shortforms or alternatives of their original names, like Bob for Robert, Dick for Richard, Harry for Henry, Jack for John, Molly for Mary etc. Or they can also be given, without prior intent, after an incident of an amusing nature.
What I’ve never been able to fathom is why some ancient Chinese villagers give their children at birth, petnames such as Ah Kow (Dog) and Ah Ngau (Cow). Unfortunately these less-than-desirable names are sometimes stuck with them all their lives. Did this practice originate with the intention of averting the attention of some jealous gods or to ward off evil spirits who may usurp their new-born babies?
The Westerners have just as strange ways too. One of my English friends has a daughter who she nicknamed Pie. Her sister is Pan. Why on earth should Pie (the daughter) be defined as a pie (the pastry), how ever yummy she may look? And why is her sister compared to a frying pan? There has to be an explanation, perhaps a historical one. Or perhaps those nick-names ring a sound that is cute, sweet and homey.
As for endearing nick-names for David …
“Rickey” was once a case of mistaken identity. Or was it? I think he should be given a nickname closer to home like: Nightingale .. Cutie .. Smilealot .. Eatalot .. Dreamboat .. Cuddles .. Cupcake .. Eye Candy .. Munchkin .. Stud .. Tarzan .. Sweety Tweety .. Yum Yum .. Marry Me .. Kill Me .. Heartthrob .. Heartbreak .. the list can be endless ….
Which brings me to Archee-Waachee. Trust me, it is a nickname. It sounds sort of ridiculous but there is a history behind it. And history needs to be respected and remembered.
My friend, Sal, who emigrated from Malaysia a long time ago, has a daughter who was almost 2 years old when I visited them in their new home. The little girl, Teng Teng, had just begun to graduate from “baby language” to sounds and imitation of words more recognisable by the Oxford Dictionary.
Sal was trying to coax little Teng Teng to greet me with the word “Aunty”, and presumably to also impress me how the little one had grown and beginning to speak. I watched in amusement.
Sal: Teng Teng, say Aunty … say Aunty …
Sal: Come on Teng Teng … say Aunty … Mummy give you nice lollies?? Say “Aun – teeee”…
Teng: (obviously succumbing to Mummy’s bribe of the nice candy waved tantalisingly infront of her, put in her best baby effort) … Waaa .. Cheeeeeeeee…!
Sal had no choice but to hand over to Teng Teng that candy, albeit a little disappointed for not having succeeded in impressing me more, and I became “Waachee” to Teng Teng, and Sal followed suit.
More to come – Teng Teng grew into a beautiful young lady. Both she and Mummy Sal kept in touch with me by the occasional email, and Sal made it her business to tell Teng Teng one day that Waachee was now a David Archuleta fan (me and my big mouth!) and was suffering from a serious illness called ODD, and that she had become a groupie called “Archie”. Teng Teng was tickled P.I.N.K !! She found it hilarious that “Waachee” had become “Archee”. So, lo and behold, I was henceforth referred to by both Mother and Daughter, as Archee Waachee.
Do any of you guys, especially the AAM’ers, have any nicknames that you would like to share? No? .. erm .. let me help. With the greatest due respect, I am giving some of our AAM’ers some petnames just for fun.
SHIRLEY - I used to see her as the biggest spazzer AAM has ever known (for obvious reasons). I secretly gave her the nickname Spazzy. However, something or other caught up with her and she has subdued considerably. So I’ll give her a hug and name her EXSPAZZY.
AKANG - She is happily (and healthily) immersed in yoga and goes on annual yoga pilgrimages to India. Such devotion should claim a nickname after the revered Mother Goddess Devi, without whom yoga may never have been practised. Yes, YOGA DEVI it has to be.
SHEBA - QUEENIE!! – after the Queen of Sheba! Our Sheba does have a royal presence about her. When she is lovingly toting her David-video camera, we are all in awe and see her as “holding court”.
TRACY - SPECS? She is ever so studious and reads her text books from cover to cover. She will be one of our top academicians yet!
LIYING - her frequent animated chats with us, which we sorely miss, have been cut short by her embarking on a medical course at Uni. So it will just have to be DOC – for future reference.
JOHN - He needs to be given, and already has, several nicknames because he is so .. erm .. so-everything. The 1st one is HENRY HIGGINS – when most of us have no clue what he is talking about unless we have a dictionary at hand. The 2nd one is TROUBLE – when all the archu-aunties get into trouble disagreeing with him which is often. The 3rd one is BANNER JOHN – who do you think we have to run to when we need a nice new David-banner? The 4th one is the one we use most often - UNCLE JOHN or DEAR UNCLE JOHN, even though he is as young as the breaking dawn. This petname is more frequently used because he has so much love for us AAM’ers, tirelessly helping younger AAM’ers with their David-business like retracing their lost tickets, and lugging packets and packets of drinks for everyone during David-concerts.
Then there are SMILEY ANNE .. SUPER KYLIE .. SHY-AWAY SHU .. FUNNYLADY FARIDA .. SUPER-EARPHONES EUNICE .. DANCING IRDA .. WOAH-y EVIE .. PIANO YAOSHIO .. JOYLUCK JOLENE .. ’DORABLE DORA .. CUDDLY CLARA ……
All in good fun!
Dang I miss you freakin’ lot!!