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22.03.2013 | 稱呼學問

[Volume 8 Issue 3, #1692]
喺馬來西亞, 當你去餐廳或咖啡廳嘅時候, 侍應都會好公式化咁稱呼你先生小姐.. 去到檔攤同同冇咁高級嘅食肆, 就要睇老闆或伙計點樣親民又或者心情如何喇.. 通常靚仔/靚女/阿仔/阿囡等任何(可區別性別嘅)稱呼都可以大派用場, 聽人咁稱呼你係唔係另舍心花怒放?? 哈哈.. 其實所說不代表立場, 人家只不過係隨口噏個稱呼啫, 下下先生小姐好悶嘛.. 唔信呀?? 你再留多十分鐘, 睇下佢哋見到老過你又醜過你嘅人, 係唔係都同樣用返同一個稱呼?? 只要你唔係太認真, 呢啲就係馬來西亞嘅色彩喇.. 同樣解釋點解我早前喺面卜分享咗呢個故事之後, 有部份博客朋友都開始稱呼我做"Ah Boy"啦, 哈哈!! :D
over here in Malaysia, when you go to restaurants or cafes, you will be quite formally (and standard-ly) addressed as sir or madam.. in stalls or less prestigious shops, it usually depends on how the owner would like to please the customer or even the owner's mood.. they can use basically anything (that can differentiate gender) like handsome, pretty, girl, boy etc to address you.. feel like on cloud nine?? haha.. well, they don't really mean what they say, but those are merely substitutes for sir and madam in a rather impressive way.. don't believe me?? stay there for another 10 minutes and listen to how they will address other customers, you'll find that they still address someone much older or uglier the same way they have addressed you earlier.. that's the colors of Malaysia if you don't take it seriously, and that is why you may notice some bloggers address me as "Ah Boy" after i've shared the same story in my facebook, haha!! :D
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69 comments:

  1. Good morning, SK! Well, I always address my customers as "ah leng" for ladies.

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    1. and 'mr/sir' for men. It's not nice to use 'aunty/uncle' unless they are really old.

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    2. wenn, agreed. Some ppl doesn't like to be address as aunty/uncle if they are not really old.

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    3. ya ...some dont like to be address as uncle and aunty especially when they are not married yet

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    4. ya, one sounds so old when he/she is being called uncle/aunty especially if one is still so young.

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    5. meow, even old spinster doesn't like to be addressed as aunty, eh?

      Good afternoon, meow, wenn, mnhl, TM and SK Ah Boy!

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    6. LOL of course la, Ah Hua.

      Must call Lenglui la. Bru syok :p

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  2. But mind you, some customers don't know how to address us too. I have no problem, they usually address me as lady boss but imagine an aunty addresses my staff as 'aunty'. She's still a young girl!

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    1. If I know my customers name, I will usually call them by names. FYI, in European countries, we call the elderly by names too.

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    2. LOL....that customer must be a kid or very young lor to address your staff as auntie

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    3. no le..she is so much older than her!

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    4. yikes...pengsan...errrr....maybe the customer lou fah ngan LOL

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  3. Good Morning Ah boy Thambee! Happy Friday Ah boy! Anay koko go to Singapore today. Thambee don't noti yeah.

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    1. Anay, happy "lim the". "lim siu siu, tiu bei pio". (meaning, drink hot hot, win lottery )

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  4. I expect people to call me uncle often but not. They called me something else more often. Ahem!

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    1. call you what? Hmm...let me guess...BOSS? Taukeh?

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    2. I don't mind being called aunty. I always ask young customers to call me aunty instead of boss.

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    3. What they call you, annay? Leng chai? wink! wink!

      I'm so used to be called aunty, and I'm indeed an aunty.... just I don't expect someone my age or elder than me to call me "aunty", count your own age, wokay?

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    4. betul wor...me also biasa jor being called aunty...even the chee cheong fun seller who is older than me call me auntie hahaha

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  5. I have older aunties calling me aunty.. lol

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    1. my staff will get angry when my customers call her 'aunty'. Actually she can be called aunty already as she's married with kids!

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    2. Everybody likes to hear sweet talk. But sometimes have to admit it, when we are in the "aunty-age" group, haha!

      Why, is it your staff married at young age, wenn?

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    3. wei...but Sharon is young girl wor...the one calling her aunty must be need to have specs power increase :p

      calling your staffs aunty also kira as a gentle form of address la. Better than call :hoi" ir "Wei"

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  6. In Thailand, the customers will often call the sales girl or waitress as "Nu" which means RAT!!!!

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    1. HUH? why call them rat? I dont understand la. please explain

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  7. I call all the Indian workers here as THAMBEE and they would grin & flash their wide toothsome smiles! They would look even more surprised to hear me speak few lines of Tamil....our mother tongue!

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    1. Your Thambee workers were shocked because annay's mouth spit vulgar Tamil words? I know a few because I always mix with Indian friends in school. They (the boys) were crazy!

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  8. What do the folks call customers in Hong Kong??? I went there so many times but didn't hear them address me anything. In China, they would call me several styles depending on which cities.

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    1. not call as "Si Tau" or "Low sai" (Boss) meh?

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    2. 'si tau' or 'low sai' is Malaysian Cantonese.

      I think they call their customers as sir/miss - 'sin san' or 'siu jie'?

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    3. coz i see Chow Sing Chi movie he always call ppl Low sai...or ah sai... lo

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  9. M'sia is so colourful

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    1. it's a habit. I will call my boy 'Ah boy'. while my girl ' ah mei' (little sister). I found that a lot of my relatives doing the same thing too. haha

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    2. some of my cousins had that nickname 'ah mei', 'mei mei', 'mei yah' and we never call their real name until now, even they are already mother to teenagers.

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    3. in my hometown, we hardly hear ppl said 'leng chai', leng lui, but once i comes to KL, it is widely used.

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    4. so at home, what does your family member calls u? Ah boy ? Ah di (younger brother)?

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    5. very true...till now also have relatives with ah boy or lui lui as our name to them

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  10. 都係稱呼一個,其實我並唔係太介意。最緊要禮貌啲就已經足夠啦。

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  11. Good morning Ah Boy LOL

    Nice sound mah Ah Boy. Young always.

    Anyway I have a cousin a year younger than me. Till now we all still calls him Ah Boy. He is married with two kids jor.

    Guess something will just stick on la. As relatives and friends biasa call him as Ah boy. You know la...old days...if boy will be called ah boy and girl will be called lui lui.

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    1. believe it or not, I still call my husband, 'boy'. So used to it already.

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    2. How did you start calling your husband "boy"?

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    3. (*_*)

      wenn calls her darling, 'boy'? I'm surprised :)

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    4. not surprising la especially if family like father and mother started calling him boy then gf/wife also continue call boy.

      But in front of staffs also call him boy ka?

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  12. You know somehow I find that only guys get called this nicknames like leng chai or handsome.. girls usually don't get this type of treatment. Haha.. maybe they're worried of being sued for sexual harassment :P

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  13. 呢啲所谓的称呼我大多数听过都算, 不会太在乎, 因为自知自己唔靓, 被叫麼都冇所所谓, 哈哈哈!!! =]

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  14. I am "Uncle" or "Towkay".

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  15. Although I know every one is called Leng Lui, I will still happy if people called me leng lui, leng soh, leng tai or leng C9 etc. Don't call me Auntie, if they are older than me.

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    1. To be more polite, I like people address me as "Tai Tai" or "Madam". I still don't like people calling me Auntie, unless they are small kids.

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    2. Now, I heard my office colleague, calling everyone "Sayang" or "yang". I still cannot adapt to that, unless that people I really "saying".

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    3. *"sayang"

      As for me, I will address men as "boss" and women as "老板娘“。

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  16. I am always addressed as "auntie" nowadays.. no more "leng lui" hahahaa.. just kidding.. but i like to address others like "seow cheh" for ladies and for boys, I call "leng chai" and for men/older ones, I call them "uncle"... or "si tau" meaning boss...

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  17. well, it was the formal and the most commonly used way of addressing people especially in establishments, here most of the usual call signs were "kuya" or "ate" which means brother and sister

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  18. hmm in my case as for my age we are most commonly address by the name "pogi" or in english handsome it was their way of fooling you to buy haha

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  19. complimenting customers were i guess one of the best way
    to gain your customer's attention and it was a great marketing strategy as well

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  20. but anyways no matter what way they would address you
    it's the smile, and service that matters

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  21. have a great day sk, take care always
    god bless you and happy blogging

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  22. Err... I can't relate much... but yeah just like Mecoy said... older people (but not old enough) were addressed as Kuya or Ate while those much older were addressed as "Mang (Name)" for a guy and "Aleng (name) for a female

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  23. * regardless of their jobs or position... in a much formal way they use Sir or Ma'am for those guys who are professionals pr something like that

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  24. people here usually address a guy "Pogi" or handsome if the one who's speaking is closer (mostly relatives) and elder

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  25. funny but my late grandma used to call me "Totoy" or Baby boy even i was on my teenage years hahaha

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  26. I think I missed a lot of your posts this week... lemme go back hehe

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  27. well it would be nice if someone calls you beautiful from time to time though they don't really mean it when they say it...

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  28. that is why if you address people wrongly then you get a bad response.. so better call them leng lui or leng chai..

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  29. I went to market with my mum and I also notice that she didn't use those like ah po or ah pak..
    no wonder she always get extra vegetables.... or maybe more pocket money.. lol

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  30. even though ppl call u ah boy, but u hv to face the reality tat u r uncle already.... hahaha

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  31. In mamak, everybody's a boss. You are the boss, the mamak's a boss.. your anak oso jadi boss >_<

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  32. When i used to work in restaurant, I called all the male as boss (as in Chinese) and all ladies and women lao pan liang. haha :D

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  33. Maybe they call you ah boy because you have known each other for a long time? When I patronize some restaurants, they still call me ah boy...because they have known me since I was young.

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