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Pan Swad

\paan sw-aad\
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Noun. February 28, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

A pink coloured candy which tastes like paan. It was really popular back in the 80's and was the main market competitor of Paan Pasand.

Usage

Ram: Hey, do you know how Pan Swad is made?
Vijay (with a Pan Swad in his mouth): No re, tell me na.
Ram: It's made with the spit of paan eaters.
Vijay: Chee!
Added 2014-05-07 by Baba-G

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

Food and Drink

lau

Noun. February 13, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

Originally derived from the digga pronunciation of the English word "love", it has now wholly eclipsed the English word in usage and meaning.

Now it is a Kannada slang word meaning "romantic intent" but carrying more suggestive overtones. Road-side Romeos distinguish this word from a similar yet orthogonal word dau which means "lustful intent" and is more anatomical in execution.

The gap between lau and dau is the saga of frustruated youth in Bangalore.

Usage

He thinks it's dau; she thinks it's lau. How will this end.. Govinda, Govinda!

"What is lau? What is lau? Baby don't heart me... Baby don't heart me... No more" (Haddaway, in India)

"Lau me or hate me, kiss me or kill me... Oh doorling please do something to me" (Dr. Rajkumar, in Europe)
Lau me or Hate me YouTube Video

Added 2011-07-02 by Kannadoggy
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Republic Day

\Republic Day\
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Noun. February 2, 2015, Word of the Day
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The 26th of January is "Republic Day" in India, and generally is a day to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the whole country on the same day in 1950. Much soul-searching still goes on about whether the ideals in the constitutional preamble are lived up to, 63 or so years later, but we leave that more complex discussion for other sofa sadhus. It's a public holiday, after all, so let's all chillax.

Republic Day is celebrated with great pomp in Dilli, where an impressive parade takes place around the India Gate area, featuring floats, military men and women, and impressive mustachioed baton-twirlers, some even wearing kilts. As an eng bai, it would thrill the heart of this definer to see elephants, camels, and horses pass by during the parade, along with tanks and jeeps and colourful representatives from all over the country.

Now of course, a not-so-very eng bai might decide that watching the parade on TV makes him feel morose and lonely and pensive, given all that the country has been through recently. So then he decides that watching it while sipping IMFL would really be living well, except he then realizes that Republic Day is a state-mandated Dry Day, so no such luck. So he watches the parade feeling morose and lonely and pensive, and tries hard to remember when the pageantry of it all would sweep him away.

Usage

Macha, let's go to Coorg to visit Thimmi, no? We'll get a long weekend because of Republic Day. And I'll buy thanni for our trip, don't worry about the dry day naansense.
Added 2013-01-24 by mainmacha

Root

English

Region

All India

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Garibi mein atta geela

\The dough is runny in poverty\
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Phrase. February 2, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

In adversity, everything takes a bad turn. Literally means, "the dough is runny in poverty." Atta is the word for dough, typically used to make rotis and chappatis.

Usage

Used during worse situation within life. Actually means that in bad phase, everything goes out of control. A small amount of additional water will spoil the meal of a poor person who has limited flour to make bread.

Example: Arrey, what to tell you, yaar? Lost my job. My car was in an accident. Son in US has been layed off. Then, lost my wife to a younger man. Garibi mein atta geela *sigh.

Added 2011-08-26 by Dino
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Noun. January 22, 2015, Word of the Day
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An important day on the Indian calendar, Makar Sankranti (also known as Makar Sankrant) signifies the start of the harvest season in India, though it is celebrated in many ways all over the country. This day marks the gradual increase of daytime after winter, and is therefore considered to be the start of a new auspicious period. In Punjab, the eve of Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Lohri.

This harvest festival goes by many names in different parts of the subcontinent, and in each region it is celebrated with distinct rituals and traditions. (See Wikipedia for details of customs followed in various states on this day) The most famous image of Makar Sankranti has come to be the thousands of colourful kites that are flown by Gujaratis all over Gujarat to mark the occassion.

Etymology : 'Makar' refers to the zodiac sign of Capricorn. Thus, Makar Sankranti denotes the changing path of the sun into the house of Capricorn.

Usage

Unlike other Indian festivals, Makar Sankranti always falls on the 14th of January each year.
Added 2012-01-14 by Surdie Birdie

Root

Multiple

Region

India

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Lohri
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Adjective. January 15, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

useless, incompetent, object of ridicule

Usage

What do you think of that Ashu chap, yaar?

Total cartoon, yaar. Also a dim bulb.

Added 2011-09-17 by whatthehell

Root

English

Region

All India

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@Ashes, you just click the inverted ThumsUp sign. Currently, we've got a bit of a bug counting clicks, but it works out in the end. Why yuvar giving thumsdown and all, btw?

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Verb. January 5, 2015, Word of the Day
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Most indian children have uniforms in school, so they cannot fully express their ishtyle. Most children also never buy new clothes, they get hand-me downs from Amreeka relatives. So on a day they happen to wear something new - their friends will give them a pinch or a "new pinch". I have no idea why!

Usage

Priya: did you see kajal's new top?
Sujatha: oh wow - let's go give her a new pinch!
Added 2011-07-06 by Dindigal

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

Related Terms

same pinch, birthday bumps

Terms referencing this

jeanspant, Colour clothes
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Adjective. December 23, 2014, Word of the Day
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Definition

to denote a shirt or pant which is gaudy/flashy. Also when the combination is horribly bad...like a peppermint pink shirt and a green pant.

Usage

Yen da ramarajan color shirt ellam potu enna kolrae?

(Why r u killing me by wearing this ramarajan color dress)

Added 2011-10-27 by mokkachami

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

jingbang, jingchack
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December 7, 2014, Video of the Day
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BBC News Kashmir freerunning Finding freedom in the art of parkour

Added 2014-12-07 by mainmacha
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Noun. November 24, 2014, Word of the Day
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Friskiness. Spunky energy, often used when seen in the underdog.
A versatile word, chool can be used in a variety of contexts, non-sexual and sexual.

Usage

A hitherto poor ping-pong player smashes the ball with unusual energy, upon which his opponent might say, "What da, showing a lot of chool today?"

How is that new employee of yours?
Not good da, I told him to finish the TPS reports and he told me that I should bugger off.
Too much chool, da.

Added 2011-07-10 by engfrood

Root

Kannada

Region

South India

Related Terms

Dum in the bum

Terms referencing this

Chata
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