Sunday, 10 September 2006

A Nation of Alphabets

A Nation of Alphabets. That came to mind when I read our newspapers online recently. I am afraid we are fast running out of alphabets. How many alphabets do we have compared to the number of datuks/dato’s? And the number keeps increasing every Sultan’s birthday. Oh help! Soon we will have to resort to the use of Arabic letters. Datok Ba, Ta, Tha etcetrea, etcetera.

I thought we only have Alphabet Soup.

First we have Dr M...there’s a good ring to it. And it was a natural progression that he is now Tun M. Then came Datuk K and you get visions of bushy moustache, millions in the bank and our CT. Though not necessarily in that order.

And now there’s a Datuk R!!! More millions and more maskawin! More oh dear.

Datuk X are those who cannot be identified in court.

Those were the days when initials were used by our singers or artistes of yore. P Ramlee, L Ramlee, R Ramlee. AR Tompel, S Ahmad and many more. Now our singers prefer to use their own name or nickname - Mawi is good, so is farah, Dayang, Ziana Zain.

In blogosphere we have our own, starting with President BTB, OSH, CK, CL, MA , Kak N, AG, KD, AM, Lady K, MM, QOTH and yes, many more.

Oh, if I am not wrong, Datok Samad Said's son, the talented and wonderful Az is actually a very clever attempt by the writer and his wife to name their son using just first and the last letter of the alphabet.

Here’s KT signing off on a lazy Sunday, in an attempt to update her blog. Btw, sometimes, I am also known as Kak Z.

Ps Someone just told me of Datuk Q!!
Lots of Datuks in a queue!!!!

50 comments:

Nazrah said...

i am KL for kak long. hehe.

apa2 pun jadik ek , asal ada update.

Kak Teh said...

yes, intan..asal ada update....until next week!

MA said...

Hehe....after Datok K, now my bosses in the office would like to be known as Datok L and Datok M respectively....nak sambungkan Datok Alphabet tu..

Title sendiri confer.

Hehehe....

Kak Teh said...

MA, ingat kut sup saja ada alphabet!
Yr datuk L and Datuk M ni ada berapa million dalam bank? Nanti nak bagi hantaran mesti menandingi yang sedia ada!

UglyButAdorable said...

was here-UBA...

ruby ahmad or RA said...

Hi KT,

RA here...ha ha ha, wish to join in the alphabet bandwagon. Gosh! Yeah! What's our country coming to?

After Datuk K's sensation, enter now Datuk R. Well any wedding less than 3.5m, should not hit any headline from now...ha ha ha. Duh! On top of that a 444, 444.44 cash gift. Mind blowing indeed. I think we have sorta lost the plot somewhere...

Cute entry this.

Jane Sunshine said...

Kak Z, coffee next week? I found new place near russell square and am dying to try it with you guys. Apparently the laksa is good.

may said...

KT, that's such a quirky post... I like! oh sorry, should I have called you Kak Z instead? *wink*

~ M ~

KC said...

Har Har, that is so funny KT! Been quite a while since I last came. Busy..kononnya. Hope all is well with you & fam.

*another alphabet*
KC ;p

Kak Teh said...

uBa, how can i forget u!!!

RA,we have certainly lostthe plot!
JS, certainly! certainly! if there's laksa .
May, kak teh or kak z is fine.
KC - yes, dah lama menghilang!

Honeytar said...

Kak Teh, since your other half is fomally known as AG, I can take up the letter H !!! hehe :)

Honeytar said...

foRmally ... pardon ...iskk...

simah said...

hahhaaha this is one cute topic KT aka kak Z..mana akak dapat idea ni??
sorry KT..cant join the alphabets..i am simply a simple *simah* to many..no short forms :0)

newkidontheblog said...

NKoTB signing in! :))

Great article, KT. How come all Datuks? Can a woman be Datin in her own right without her husband becoming a Datuk? Excuse me but I'm a bit ignorant here.

Kak Teh said...

Yes, Datin H, the letter is all yours!

Simah, it is the trend these days especially if you are courting a sweet young thing and you have millions in your bank account. It gives an air of mystery to it, not that you dont know who they are.

Judy, Yes, in certain states, women are conferred Datuks as well. We've got women ministers who are Datuks and some ambassadors as well. Otherwise it is not fair!

Ordinary Superhero said...

KT - ni nak kira update jugak ke? Tak aci. Anyway, I have so many alphabets to remember because all the staffs in office are known by their initials. Of course none of them with Dato' or Datin.

mama irma said...

KT, such public flaunt of sheer wealth! Don't people from the Inland Revenue read tabloids??...

mommy said...

the alphabets are there to be used. Kesian all the "G"s and the "Q"s and the "V"s tak ada orang pun nak claim rights to em. Always the popular "K"s and "M"s.

bisutulibuta said...

ljkvs. Thats the word verification letters i had to type to post this comment.

BTB the M(acho) so T(erer) O(le) G(eezer)

Restless said...

Heheh.... Though I'd love to be known as Kak 'N' for Nita, but it doesn't seem to stick; everyone is calling me ITA. So boring!

Kak Teh said...

OSH, KT ingat ni pun cukuplah untuk update. nanti bersawang pulak blog.

MI, it is indeed but let us hope the happiness last. Especially when it is so publicly displayed.

Kak Teh said...

Mommy, Datuk X pun no takers unless they are in some court cases where they cannot be identified.

President BTB, me signing off with qkrjrl

resless, ITA not boring what! If ETA is Expected Time of Arrival, ITA is Impending Time of Arrival, no?

~ahni~ said...

Saya tak kenal mana Dato' or Datuk atau atuk, kesian betul

Kak Teh tak nak jadi DT (Datin Teh)?

Kak Teh said...

ahni, DT doesnt sound too bad. Tapi kalau di sebut Datin Teh, tak sedap pula sebab boleh di kaitkan dengan Teh O. Teh susu ke.

anggerik merah said...

hehehe...many many more alphabet to be booked.

Awesome entry KY aka Kak Z.:-)

anggerik merah said...

hehehe...many many more alphabet to be booked.

Awesome entry KY aka Kak Z.:-)

Emmm...did I hear Laksa at Russel Square? Emmm..my fav.

Restless said...

Hmm... good idea; I'll say that whenever I'm late or an aunt asks me of my getting-married thingy.

Kak Teh said...

AM, Di sini banyak laksa....last week, I had laksa johor in holiday Villa teramatnya best. Singapore laksa at melati is awesome!

Kak Teh said...

restless, good one! Glad I cld contribute.

onde said...

mine is yummylicious double O = OO = ondeonde! ;-D

Mama Rock said...

KT, this is MR signing in, ditto!
hubby pernah berseloroh with kids if papa gat datuk, he will go by the name datuk Z (as in Datuk zack). followed by freddy's response "muda sangat nama tu, pa!"

AuntyN said...

KT, AAN baru dapat nak join "perang" alphabet ni. My former CEO's dulu2 tu semua datuk2 belaka, ada Datuk I ada Datuk M. Tapi walau pun depa ada title tu dan tua sikit lah dari Datuk R tu, tapi so far tak lah sekaya Datuk R atau Datuk K. Jadi sapa pun buat tak nampak aje lah kut kat depa tu. Harap2 UZ kat rumah, tu tak teringin nak jadi Dauk Z and start chasing young chicks.LOL

Ewok said...

Tak kuasa dengar all these tua tak sedar diri flaunting all the wealth. Just because one person starts, the others don't have to follow.

btw, got one q. what's the different between datin and datin paduka?

E signing off

MerapuMan said...

I was known as B3 (b cube or b kuasa 3) masa sekolah tinggi dulu. tak perlu lah i explain what it means.

Atok said...

wot 'bout me?
:)

Queen Of The House said...

Hehehe, pakai alphabets just to simplify ... tak larat nak type Queen Of The House sokmo!

Has said...

He he he, tak baca ker Datin M tulis in the last mingguan malaysia fasal keseronokkan orang melayu tengok lelaki separuh abad yang kaya kawin dengan wanita glamer. Gaknya Dato berletters ni tak cukup glamer kot, or Datin M nak kata orang Melayu punya definisi glamer macam tuh ler.

~ GAB ~ said...

G was here... When my children got married and have kids, I'll be known as Dato' G

tee said...

hmmm, i'll better start using T . very de simple one.. :D

demonsinme said...

AKAK TEH:

The datuka are block heads rather than block letters...

Datuk JB ( Datuk Joe Bangla) said...

:-)

annckay said...

entertaining!

Jade said...

LJ saying hi!!!! and miss you!!

Blabs said...

Nasib baik Blabs is the shortest i can go frm Blabarella, eh KT?? Tu pun nama tu thanks kat you!! A Nation of Alphabets we have certainly become. Bizarre.

Kak Teh said...

OO, onde-onde is nice too lama tak makan!
MR Datuk Z memang dengarnya muda...! MR pun muda, kan?
AN, Harap-harap masa depa betoi2 jadi datuk, lutut pun tak kuat dah, dah ligan chicks macam mana lagi?

Kak Teh said...

Ewok, entahlah, but ifg I am not mistaken, it has to do with which state yang bagi kut.

merapuman, apa B cube tu?

ooops sorry datok atok! terlopa! kita ada resident atik here.
QOTH - tapi kalau selalu pakai mesti lekat.

Kak Teh said...

Has, macam2 lah laaa ni. Ada juga yang nak tebus nasib prostitute. Mulia jugak tu tujuan dia - sebab nak kawin tiga sekali.

Oh Dato' G was here too!

Tee - Datin T sounds nice.
demondsinme, haha - i like that - block heads ratherthan block letters!

Kak Teh said...

Dato JB - jauhnya datok datang merantau ke sini. terima kasih kerana kehadiran datok!
annckay - ini merapu ke tahap paling tinggi.
LJ - ke manakah kau menghilang??

Blabs - yes, i remember that very well! Its easier to spell too!

Lydia Teh said...

KT rock lah! This is LT signing off.

Kak Teh said...

LT, i was browing through the Malaysian tabloids and saw stories about a Datuk J!!! I am making this my assignment - to keep track of the alphabet datuks until i have the full set!