Eh Yar Tok

(Version in Hokkien)

Eh Yar Tok

Phar Kan Dok

Kan Dok Thiow

Eh Yar Si Khiow Khiow

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(Version in English)

Shortie

Spinning the top

The top wobbles

Shortie dies

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About this rhyme/ditty:~

Eh Yar Tok is a traditional Hokkien rhyme/ditty recited to ‘poke fun’ at people who are short or those who are the shortest among a group of friends. It is not a very flattering rhyme/ditty to the sensitive but it is widely accepted as a harmless casual poke not meant to ruffle feathers. This rhyme/ditty often manages a giggle or two among friends and the person targeted at and there too are instances where one will also be poked even though one is not that short e.g in situations where one repeatedly failed to reach for things placed at the top shelf.

The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These ditties retell their story and their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..

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23 responses to “Eh Yar Tok

  1. Fiveloaf – what an amazing site!! So unique, and your poem has history, wisdom and humor – a fine blend in a playful piece. I like this, I like it very much. Is 5′ 2″ short? Even so, I still like it.

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