The Daily Overdose of “Tsk”
• So I get into the lift this morning with another person from my HDB block, I press the 3rd floor accidentally instead of the first.. “TSK”
• When leaving the lift 3 people try to squeeze in before letting both of us get out first, I stand tall and the auntie bumps into my flexed ellbow … “TSK”
• On my way to the MRT i try to walk past some extremely slow (as usual) walking lady on her way to the office. Suddenly she takes two steps to the left without any reason, me in my process of overtaking almost bump into her … “TSK”
Now all that happened within 5 minutes… and until now I have “collected” at least 50 more “TSKS”.
Just Speak Up Already!
You may have noticed that “Tsk” in Singapore gets used by the more or less whole population to express any kind of “Annoyance or Disturbance” into their private space… from the slightest form (dropping a coin at the Supermarket cashier) to the highest (like… getting run over by a car … “Tsk”!!!!).
The use of “Tsk” is a global one but has found its ultimate form of usage in Singapore.
Sometimes I have the feeling that people actually want to speak up (“Hey, why do you run over me lah?”) but through years of “Tsk” usage, have forgotten how to express themselves properly in sudden occurring situations that require any form of reaction. Tsk!
The Reverse Use Of “Tsk”
So here is the situation:
- • Me, 7pm, extremely stressed, standing in the smelly MRT waiting to ride my one stop from Raffles Place to City Hall.
- • As usual, at City Hall, a bunch (everybody) of Kiasu People totally ignores those arrows on the floor, waiting in their starting position to storm in before letting me out.
- • The door opens and at least 3 people run into my solid and not-giving-an-inch-way body marching outside the MRT. Surprised faces turn up. How can that Ang Moh wanting to get out first???
- • Kindly but directly I address the three people and ask them “Why the hell they don’t let me come out first?”
- • Silence (important, this is a situation that requires a sudden reaction by those three people), more silence… then.. “TSK” – “TSK” – “TSK”.
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‘)); ?> You tell me, was I the person who did something wrong? Hell no! So where do these three people take the justification from to use “TSK” against me, when they should step back 50cms, maybe mumble a quick “Sorry” and let me get out of the train.
This is what I call the “Reverse Use” of Tsk”. It makes no sense, yet, people instead of appologizing, Re-Attack you in their helpless state of mind of searching for that long-lost “properly reaction to use in sudden occurring situations”.
May I scream out… AAARG!!!!
Ignore Or Talk But Never “Tsk” Back!
Please, don’t fall for the devilish “Tsk” use and become a new member of that “I use sounds to express myself” – Group.
My personal tactic until this day, has been to simply ignore the “Tsk” sound. In fact this is not even difficult because you get to hear it so often that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish from all the other sounds around you.
On the other hand you may speak up. Yes, show the “Tsk” users how complaining is done properly and hold a nice “What The Hell” speech. You may achieve the impossible and actually “open” some of the mouthes around you. Consider these people (if they talk back)… healed.