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if you’ve had an e-mail address in the last two decades, you would have come across this article about filipinos having names/nicknames that sound like a bell tolling (e.g. ding-dong, bong, bing, etc), or have a random “h” thrown in (behn is a good example). others got the very general “boy” or “baby” (i have 2 aunts called baby and 1 uncle and 1 cousin called boy). however, if you were born anywhere near my late grandmother, you would have been “gifted” with a more unusual nickname.
i decided to blog about this after being reminded by a high school classmate of one of my nicknames and also after coming across an old picture of a lovely young girl, a cousin or niece a number of times (can’t recall) removed. instead of the caption in the back identifying her as irene, her given name, she was called “japok.” why? as a child, she laughed whenever you clapped your hands in front of her. the “pok” sound just sent her into fits of giggling. my grandmother started calling her that and it stuck. i think the kid is a teenager now and apparently still answers to that, poor girl.
then there’s tatu, the son of my grandmother’s best friend; his real name is angelito. there’s saraminang, whom i think you actually know as grace. there’s koyang poktu, whose real name also is angelito. then there’s my cousin noel, whom we called kutil growing up because, well, he had a wart when we were kids. one time in high school (we were batchmates), i yelled across the quadrangle for him. i didn’t shout kutil, just “kut.” but it was enough to have him scampering and hissing at me, he he he.
any weird nicknames among your friends and family?