Sunday, June 12, 2011

On the Name that Shouldn't Be

I'm not sure if you've ever received an email as such where there were English surnames that were fixed to a certain surnames, making the end product something just so wrong. I vaguely remembered just a couple, Monica Cheng and Annie Sui. Didn't seem wrong on the first read, but as you read them for the second time, you'd know what I mean. That's if you're Hokkien Chinese.

[Mo-ni-ka-cheng means touch your butt; A-ni-sui means 'so unlucky']

So months ago in the cinema, I came across something even more unappropriate.

Sorry really. Perhaps those of the other race didn't know what it 'double pet' means in our native family slang. But as far as I know, pardon my language, I thought it means vahjayjay.

Again, no bad intentions here. Just thought of sharing.

Then again, I'm thinking of Billa should I ever have an English name, though I have no idea what Billa means. But it sure sound cool, albeit weird, Billa Bong. LOL.

P/S: Finally got a list on FB:-Why Chinese shouldn't have Christian names:
Anne Chang > > (Mandarin)-Dirty
Carl Cheng> > (Hokkien) - Buttock
Monica Cheng> > Hokkien) - Touching your buttocks
Lucy Leow> > (Hokkien) - You are dead
Suzie Leow> > (Hokkien) - Lost till death
Paul Chan> > (Mandarin) - Bankrupt
Nelson Tan> > (Mandarin) - Bird laying eggs
Carmen Teng > > (Hokkien) - Leg hair long
Danny See > > (Hokkien) - Squeeze you to death
Pete Tsai> > (Hokkien) - Nose droppings
Macy Koh> > (Cantonese) - Never die before

7 Jujus:

TZ said...


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Tempus said...

chinese have everything la... haha but lan pet pet, seriously? imagine all the hokkiens heard that! its like lan lok chat. sien.

Danny said...

luckily mine is normal ;)

reanaclaire said...

Chinese do really have a lot of definitions, hor..

[SK] said...

haha, Lan Pet Pet.. rotten butt?? and also the ever classic Michael Tan and Francis Yip~~ :D

Twilight said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! That was funny man! If you know my Cantonese name, you will laugh too. All my in laws love to call my name in Cantonese cos they believe it will bring them luck!