(c) Danesh Daryanani, August 2009

(c) Danesh Daryanani, August 2009

Today, Suzanne asked me why my niece is nicknamed Two Stroke. I’ve been asked this question soooo many times that I decided to put up a blog post and just refer people to this.

My brother in law is a biker. When my niece was baby (she’s  5 now), according to my brother in law, her wailing sounded very much like a two stroke motorbike engine. So he started calling her “two stroke”. No one thought the name would stick coz it sounded so silly.

Well, as you may have guessed, it did.

So much so that when she was younger, “Two Stroke” was a name more real to her. However, she could not always pronounce two stroke so when asked what her name was, she’d often go “Tuk”. As a result the variations of her nick name are “Tuk”, “Tuk Tuk”, “Tukster”, “Tukky Walla” and of course, “Two Stroke”.

There was once in playschool that the teacher told my sister with genuine concern that she was not responding to her real name. My sister just looked at her and asked the teacher to try “Two Stroke”. Needless to say, my niece responded immediately to her name.

So that is the origin of the nickname Two Stroke.

And this is what a two stroke motorbike engine looks like.