The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

Why be prosaic, when we are all poets engaged in spectacular acts of kadalai pottufying, talking about arbit fundas like enthu cutlets? What is timepass if not the fine art of being jobless, transmogrifying slowly into a veritable vacy pant? From the quaint ghaint of the paaji to the dai of the porki, here you’ll find things Lingo Leela would say, things wonly said by desis to desis, things unique to us.

Bobbaal

\Bobba...aal\
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Adjective. May 7, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

A resounding, almost romanticizing way of saying "Wonderful", or "Great !" or "Awesome !"(closest literal match)... typically used in informal setting by guys mostly, to describe achievement, beauty, even taste of food...

Usage

Usage -
General: "Bobbaal (heichi) be" (That's (That thing is) awesome dude !)

Food: "Mutton ta bobbaal heithila" (The mutton was wonderful)

Descibe male/female beauty: "Toka/Toki ta bobaal heithila" (The guy/girl was fabulous) - a bit offensive, not spoken to the person directly.

Added 2015-05-07 by Panda Babu

Root

Oriya

Region

Orissa

Related Terms

badhiya hai!

Definition

The only form of denial that counts, and is used extensively by corrupt politicians as well as police officials. A denial isn't official until it is categorical.

Usage

NDTV: "DSP saab, what do you say to the accusation that you embezzled the department's moustache allowance fund?"
DSP Saab: "Arre bhai, only yesterday I categorically denied it, no?"
Added 2015-03-23 by holdan
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Phrase.
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Definition

An abbreviated corruption of "tuck in your shirt", this expression was adopted by the Church of South India in an attempt to enforce some sartorial standards upon unkempt schoolkids in missionary schools all across India.

Usage

Ezhil: "If you don't in your shirt, I'll tell to Miss"
Senthil: "Dei, sooth mudin podi"
Ezhil: "Miss, Miss, I am telling and telling but Senthil is not inning his shirt, Miss"
Added 2015-03-06 by holdan

Oneandaaf

\One und aaf\
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Definition

Used primarily by auto drivers to ask for extra fare to go to certain distances.

Usage

Saar, meter oneandaaf. Ok na?
Added 2015-03-06 by Nautchgirl

Root

Kannada

Region

Bangalore

Pha

\ffhhaa\
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Exclamation.
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Definition

a light irritated exclamation, an IM reply by south indians when pissed/irritated..

Please South Indies..Correct and Give a Clearer meaning ..

Usage

Roomate1:(Texting) Sorry man! I m Tired so I am having your food left in the refrigerator.
Roomate2: Pha!
after a minute texts..
Roomate2: Ok! Have it...Fool! :P
Added 2015-01-05 by ChomChe

Root

Kannada

Related Terms

chaa, Ayo

Fakalya

\fa-ka-L-yaa\
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Definition

Talking uselessly and senselessly. Generally done around friends, is a proper way to kill time. One can say anything to anybody about anything in any way regarding any incidence without producing anything. If one don't wanna answer then one can say " Kay fakalya kartos". It is mostly done in classrooms by our teachers.

Adjective - Fakal, Fakalchot
Noun - Fakalya

Usage

Whatever you have read above is fakalya!!!!!
Added 2014-12-07 by Charu

Root

Marathi

Region

Vidarbha

Related Terms

Phakalya, Fhakalchot, Fakal

sollu

\So-L'U\
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Adjective.
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Definition

saliva, quite literally. also used to describe empty words or naansense

Usage

pandu: mama, that vijaylakshmi likes me anta.
gundu: antha scene emi ledu, sollu cheppaku ra.
Added 2014-11-24 by rue

Root

Telugu

Region

Hyderabad

Related Terms

sodabutti

Definition

I don't even know how to define this, but it's the default coda in email correspondence in Indian HR official-ese. It means that the person in question would like a response.

Usage

It is used in emails sent by recruiters, software developers and other member of the species, Cantableto Anglicus. Get it? I can't able to explain this joke.

HR: "I would appreciate if you revert me back for the same as soon as possible."
Me: "OK, I will respond at the earliest." *sigh

Added 2014-11-24 by Maribari

Root

Multiple

Region

South India

Related Terms

revert back, revert

sambar sodara

\soo-da-ru-du\
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Noun.
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Definition

close friend, specifically to a close friend who is from the Tamil Nadu region and/or tamilian.

Usage

raju: orai, Sendhil my sambar sodara.
Added 2014-11-05 by rue

Root

Telugu

Region

South India

Related Terms

Fraandship, Brother
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Definition

Hanging for your dear life on the foot board of a city bus. usually a consequence of overcrowding during rush hour and/or voluntarily to show off. Typically you get off the bus by jumping out when the bus is travelling at low speed.

Usage

abbaa, today bus was so full i had to do footboarding to get here.
Added 2014-11-05 by rue