A little Bai’ah

I had a small chat with one of my year three students about his misbehavior in the classroom. He used to tease his friends physically and verbally. Using the theories that I have learned during my schooling days, I told him to rasionalise his actions. At last, he admits his wrong doing.

I asked him to promise that he will be a better person in the future and not to be naughty again. He happily says “Ok Mr Faiz”. He than confidently pointed his little finger to me. My brain worked fast to d igest the sign that the boy gave. Oh, that I remembered that tricky move. It is a sign of making an oath or promise to yourself and your partner. I than point my little finger to him. We shake (entwine) our little finger to make the promise. The contract was at that moment on. The boy left me while I was still smiling (my heart was laughing loudly for quite some time).

the little bai’ah

I used to do the same thing when I was a child like him. It was such a long time since I last used that kind of sign. If lawyers use proper contract that needs to be signed, some uses handshake, some take picture and video, but we just shake our little finger or also called as pinky swear. Perhaps the trust that we have are stronger than any other means. Or maybe tomorrow I need to remind again the student about promise that we have made before.

What I am really sure is that the boy has made my day. I am smiling giggling alone when I remember the little bai’ah that I have with him. huhuhu

A bit of interesting info about the little finger.. (here and here).

Gestures

In the USA a pinky swear

Pinky swear
To pinky swear is when two people entwine their pinky fingers to signify that a promise has been made. It is often seen in anime, where it is called a ….

or pinky promise is made when a person wraps one of their pinky fingers around the other person’s pinky and makes a promise. Traditionally, it’s considered binding, and the idea was originally that the person who breaks the promise must cut off their pinky finger. In a similar vein, among members of the Japanese

Japan
is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, People’s Republic of China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south…

yakuza

Yakuza
, also known as and violence groups, are members of traditional organized crime syndicates in Japan.-Etymology:The term Yakuza comes from a Japanese game, Oicho-Kabu . The worst hand in the game is a set of eight, nine and three…

(gangsters), the penalty for various offenses is removal of parts of the little finger (known as yubitsume

Yubitsume
is a Japanese ritual to atone for offenses to another, a way to be punished or to show sincere apology to another, by means of amputating portions of one’s own little finger…

).

In Japan

Japan
is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, People’s Republic of China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south…

, holding up a little finger while speaking of two people signifies that they are in a relationship. This little finger substitution is considered vulgar and old-fashioned, however, in some anime

Anime
is animation originating in Japan. The world outside Japan regards anime as “Japanese animation”. Anime originated about 1917.Anime, like manga , has a large audience in Japan and high recognition throughout the world…

scenes is intentionally used to enhance its silliness

In India

India
India, officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal…

, holding up the little finger is a signal that the person has to urinate. Also, when used by young children and accompanied by the word “Katti” (pronounced kuh-tee), it signifies the breaking of a friendship. It’s used very casually. Reconciliation is achieved by holding up the index and middle finger in a ‘V’ gesture and saying “Batti” (pronounced Buh-tee).

Similarly, in Indonesia

Indonesia
The Republic of Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia comprises 17,508 islands. With an estimated population of around 237 million people, it is the world’s fourth most populous country, with the world’s largest population of Muslims.Indonesia is a republic, with an…

, when a man points his little finger downward it is a signal that he needs to urinate.

In Turkey

Turkey
Turkey , known officially as the Republic of Turkey , is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia and Thrace in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe…

and in Colombia

Colombia
Colombia , officially the Republic of Colombia , is a constitutional republic in northwestern South America. Colombia is bordered to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; to the north by the Caribbean Sea; to the northwest by Panama; and to the west by the Pacific Ocean…

, it’s tradition to link little fingers when two people are making a bet.

In Judaism

Judaism
Judaism is a set of beliefs and practices originating in the Hebrew Bible , as later further explored and explained in the Talmud and other texts…

, it is customary to extend one’s arm and little finger to the Torah

Torah
The term “Torah” , refers either to the Five Books of Moses or to the entirety of Judaism’s founding legal and ethical religious texts…

as it is lifted following its reading in the Synagogue

Synagogue
A synagogue is a Jewish house of prayer….

, although there is no source for this practice in Judaic literature.

In Israel

Israel
Israel officially the State of Israel , is a developed state in Western Asia located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, and Egypt on the southwest, and contains geographically diverse features within its…

, if one hands out his or her hand to another, with only the little finger lifted, it is a sign of reconciliation (called a “Sholem,” usually used by younger children).

In Russia

Russia
Russia , officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation , is a country in northern Eurasia . It is a semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects…

, when two people are French-kissing

French Kiss
French Kiss is a 1995 American romantic comedy set primarily in France.- Plot :Kate is a fastidious young woman who thinks she knows exactly what her future will be. She plans to marry a Toronto doctor named Charlie and live happily ever after as soon as he comes back from a business trip to Paris…

, it is customary to often link little fingers together.

Chapman University

Chapman University
Chapman University is a private, nonprofit university located in the city of Orange in Orange County, California, USA.- History and background :…

students hold up one pinky as a sign of professionalism.

In traditional Sinhalese weddings the little fingers of the bride and the groom are bound by a thread, especially a golden thread, to symbolize the strong bond of a long lasting integrity and faith.

Rings

The Iron Ring

Iron Ring
The Iron Ring is a ring worn by many Canadian engineers. Obtaining the ring is an optional endeavour – the ring is not a prerequisite for practicing professional engineering in Canada….

is a symbolic ring worn by most Canadian

Canada
Canada is a country occupying most of northern North America, extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and northward into the Arctic Ocean…

engineers

Engineering
Engineering is the discipline, art and profession of acquiring and applying technical, scientific and mathematical knowledge to design and implement materials, structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes that safely realize a desired objective or inventions.The American Engineers’ Council…

. The Ring is a symbol of both pride and humility for the engineering profession, and is always worn on the little finger of the dominant hand.

In the United States

United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district…

the Engineer’s Ring

Engineer’s Ring
The Engineer’s Ring is a ring worn by members of the Order of the Engineer. The ring is a plain stainless steel band worn on the little finger of the working hand. It is similar in purpose to the Iron Ring given in The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in Canada.Engineers receive the ring…

is a stainless steel ring worn on the fifth finger of the working hand by engineers that belong to the Order of the Engineerand have accepted the Obligation of an Engineer.

Signet rings are often worn on the little finger.

Fingernails

In the Balkans

Balkans
The Balkans is a geopolitical and cultural region of southeastern Europe…

, a solitary long fingernail on the pinky finger of a man signifies that he is single.

The nail on this finger is also sometimes grown by recreational drug users to scoop powders for insufflation

Insufflation (medicine)
Insufflation is the practice of inhaling substances into a body cavity. Insufflation has limited medical use, but is a common route of administration with many respiratory drugs used to treat conditions in the lungs and paranasal sinus .The technique is common for many recreational drugs and is…

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4 Comments

  1. hakim said,

    February 4, 2010 at 9:51 am

    haaaiii… dh tak lama dh tuu… apo lagi paeh, tu petando seru tuu… hati jadi lembut dgn kanak2…. hihihihihihihih

    kawe kelik 7 mac ni insyaAllah. 6 bulan intern kat UPM. oyat ko ayoh su demo deh. nati kito jupo mano2. demo ngaja mano lo ni paeh?

  2. warid85 said,

    February 5, 2010 at 7:08 am

    cool, i just baited my students with a pack of meggie mee if they can remember 5 Tables of multiplication and RM10 for memorizing 12 Tables of multiplication… nice entry.

  3. Hafzan Lazim said,

    February 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Good one.

  4. sitizainab said,

    February 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    seronoknya


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