Did you people out there ever wonder what is it the importance of nicknames? Well, to me its kinda important and cool I guess. Theehee. Cuz when there is 4 person with the same name at the same place at the same time, it would be difficult to call them. Take me as example. When I was studying in my ‘proud’ SMK Dato’ Ahmad Razali (Such a long name is it??) if im not mistaken there was 5 person in my batch only that people called Zul. And a person have the exact name like I do. There were 2 "Mohd. Zulfadli Bin Abd. Razak". Same spelling and same surname. So, people end up calling me "SEMOT". And when people talks; "Zul yg mane nih?", "Ala, Zul Semot tu". and it means, me.
In my 20 years (and counting) of living there are some nicknames that I got. So, today I’m telling you histories:
When I was a kid my nose looks like ‘flat’ or in Bahasa is LEPER. My brothers 1st to call me that. I never like it anyway. Ntah pape ntah!!!!
My cousins and Ibu Ngah only called me that. Even my same aged cousins, Nanad and Faiz still call me that.
Many people didnt understand why SEMOT, cuz Semut use to be small or little or somehing in between and I wasnt small or little or something in between. I was big that time. Very, very big. But it wasnt bout the size afterall. I got it when I was in standard 5. While I was studying in Sekolah Kebangsaan Ampang. There’s a day when my English teacher, Teacher Sharifah Maheran (still remember her name though) got angry with me cuz my handwritting was very small. She said "Apelah tulisan kamu ni kecik sgt, kalau semut lalu pun semut tu cakap die lagi besar". That day she called me Mr. Semut. And to make it interesting, my schoolmates changed it from SEMUT became SEMOT. Bile huruf ‘O’ nampak sikit kebesaran saiz si tuannye. That name sticks untill now.
I was studying in Polytechnic. During my class in the 1st semester, my lecturer said to me "Mule-mule tengok kamu ni macam Jalalluddin Hassan, tengok kali kedua macam Shinchan pulak". Nah, amek…Classmates were laughing out loud even they didnt know me at that time.
Since I was the 3rd son, it make sense. Nampak keMelayuan sikit. Even my seguru in Gayong called me Alang. This one, I think its kinda sweet and inperson. Hak hak hak…
And that is all bout my nicknames. I really wanted to share dis so, I post it. Hope you all now know my nickname’s origin and why they called me that. Till next time…