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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.

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

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Multiple

Region

India

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Lohri
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Adjective. January 15, 2015, Word of the Day
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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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How do I give a thumbs down?

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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

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same pinch, birthday bumps

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

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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

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Kannada

Region

South India

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Dum in the bum

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Chata
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November 8, 2014, Video of the Day
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PAUSE

Added 2014-11-08 by mainmacha

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WALTO
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November 5, 2014, Video of the Day
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Enna Da Rascalas : South of India

Added 2014-11-05 by mainmacha

MMS

\emm-emm-ess\
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Phrase. November 2, 2014, Word of the Day
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Definition

MMS when sent in India does not refer to the innocuous Multimedia Messaging Service(by which one can send photos of cute dogs, sweet ringtones, video clips of babies)..but to the seedy amateur sex videos of various ludhiana-jammu-agra-delhi scandals. MMS has been the rage ever since the famous DPS scandal did the rounds and has established itself as a dirty word in many a Indian's Lexicon...
Currently has replaced the blue film VHS collection in the libraries of Naughty Indian Uncles

Usage

Al Daad: Oye I am sending this nice MMS enjoy
Al Khaaj: oye WTF what is this cute puppy shit...wo Patiala Scandal wala bhej bhosdiwaale!!!
Added 2011-08-25 by al khujli

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Ashes, note: "site owners" are coming from different places, but users are adding the words. Don't like it? Add a better definition!

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Really sad to see this explanation. Don't know if site owners came from ancient India!!

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October 22, 2014, Image of the Day
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Diwali: The Festival of Lights - In Focus - The Atlantic

Added 2013-04-19 by braxton

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diwali