The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

Nobody doubts that cricket is the great game of South Asia. Even puskees have an opinion on the game; sofa sadhus theorize about the game; people offer prayers so that their side can win. Too bad it isn’t an Olympic Sport. Too bad also for gully cricket, gilli-danda, Kho Kho, and kabaddi -- the Olympic Committee hasn’t recognized them either. Still, we’ll happily lambast anyone who says we aren’t a sporting people, and accuse them of being a 4th innings flop. After all, at the gymkhanas you’ll find gamesome sporty types! Some may actually be playing a sport there, so please clap for them!

Over-Gaaji

\\o-ver g-aa-jee\\
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Over gaaji - is the art of taking the last ball single, thus continuing to hog the strike ! An artform popularized by Sourav Ganguly!

Usage

Paaru da Ganguly maadhiri over-gaaji aadaran, avana non-striker seruppala adikka poraan
(Look man at how he's playing like Ganguly, over-gaajiing.)
Added 2015-05-07 by Asaidosai

Root

Tamil

Region

Madras

Categories

Sports & Games

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Gaaji

ringaa ringaa roses

\rin-ga rin-ga -roses\
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Phrase. September 10, 2013, Word of the Day
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Badly reproduced from the nursery rhyme "Ring a Ring o' Roses". Usually recited by school children who join hands in a circle, then run around and fall own at the end. No one believes it's actually English.

Usage

Loud kids: Ringaa ringaa roses,
Pocket full of roses,
Hushaa, bushaa,
All fall DOWN!

Stuck up kid: That's not how it goes, it's
'Ring-a-ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all fall down.'

Loud kids: Chup angrez gandu.

Added 2013-09-15 by ronvohra

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

nursery rhyme

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Somberi

OMG, I can TOTALLY relate to the poor 'Angrezi Gandu' :P... only, last week I got told off by a bunch of 6 year olds for kindly correcting their version of this Black Death era rhyme ...

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"pataka" shot

\pa-ta-kaa shot\
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An explosive smash in table tennis or badminton

Usage

That was an explosive unreturnable smash--a real pataka shot!
Added 2013-08-25 by malaicurry

Root

Hindi

Region

Bengal

Categories

Sports & Games

Related Terms

bouncer, Six and Out, Shot

Vish Amrit

\Vish Amrith\
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Noun. June 19, 2013, Word of the Day
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Vish means poison. Amrit means nectar. Vish Amrit is thus a game of poison and nectar, of good and bad, and is best played on a constricted playground such as a chath. One denner runs around catching people. Upon touching someone, the denner must yell "VISH!" which instantly freezes the hapless person, who has to stand still and hold the pose. His or her teammates must liberate them by touching them and yelling "AMRIT!" Of course, they must do this before the denner touches them and freezes them. The denner thus doles out poison, attempting to freeze the entire gaggle of screaming prey. Heroes exist who must resist capture, doling out nectar. The game ends when the denner freezes the lot.

Usage

Arun chettan, want to play Vish Amrit?
Sure!
OK, but let Sandhya free some people, ok? Otherwise it's not fun.
Added 2013-06-18 by mainmacha

Root

Hindi

Categories

Sports & Games

Related Terms

ice pice, denner

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Logonathan

saani, it seems to be an "All India" sort of game. I'm pleased to say I was the deadliest denner in South Delhi.

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saani

Down South in Karnataka too, we used to play this game day-in n day-out :)

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Bhangram style

\bang-nam-style\
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The most viral dance of the internets first got Introduced into the Indian mind space when Sri Chris Gayle did it to celebrate catches and wickets in the IPL much to the confusion of the aam admi and the Indian commentators such as the newly haired Sri Harsha Bhogle, all fo whome initially struggled to pronounce or explain what was happening.
Soon enough people got wiser and now everybody was expected to do the Gangnam dance everytime, especially the West Indian cricketers.
Sri Harbhajan Singh (who by the way slapped Sri Srisanth much before he took money for fixing matches) took it and made it his own, wildly gesticulating and violently attempting to dance the gangnam style while his body refused to cooperate and insisted on doing bhangra.
The end result, the Bhangnam Style.

Usage

Harsha Bhogle - There he goes again! that Chris Gayle, celebrating the wicket with his trademark gangnam style dance. This Caribbean flavour really lightens up this IPL, isn't it?

Daren Ganga - Well, Harsha! I have to say, Bhajis version the bhangnam style has made doing the gangnam style shameful, self-degrading and embarrassing.

Added 2013-05-31 by Mildly Racist

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A children's 'appy birthday-party staple, right up there with potato chips, iyengar bakery cake and assorted uncle-aunties who chaperone their children.

Children, urged by said mummy-daddies, sit on a line of chairs and pass a parcel (usually some tattered toy or slowly deflating balloon) in random coordination to music from a BPL Sanyo. When the music stops, the kid left holding the parcel is "out" or - worse - made DONKEY and relegated to a few minutes of utter embarrassment. This goes on till one kid remains un-donkeyed and inherits the parcel as the prize!

Usage

Amma: Srikant! Get ready quickly. If we are late, we'll miss the cake-cutting and passing the parcel!
Added 2013-04-26 by likethiswonly
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Ah, one longs for those simpler times before TV destroyed all other forms of home entertainment. Ludo was the most popular board game along with Snakes and Ladders. Endless summer hours were spent with cousins eating alphonso mangoes and rolling a pair of dice while moving your coins on a brightly colored cardboard till all your coins reached "home". Friendly fights over who won were the usual way the games ended. Ironically, this game originated in India as Pachisi, a board game invented in the 6th century and played by the Mughals. The game went to the UK in the 19th century and came back to India renamed as Ludo.

Usage

I rolled two sixes and won Ludo. Hey hey, ha ha.
Added 2013-04-23 by Paanini

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Sports & Games

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alp, Pachisi, snakes and ladders

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Miracle springloaded handheld contraption advertised in all major magazines in the pre health-club days of 70s and 80s. Guaranteed to transform 5 foot 4 inch matchstick males into 6 foot hulksters, or so the fantasy went. Just use for 14 days and see the amazing results was the tag line. Cost Rs. 100 (which was a lot in those days). There were two kinds of kids, those whose parents bought them a bullworker and those who wished their parents did. Most kids could barely move the the telescoping tubes an inch or two, so the primary purpose was to impress friends and girls in the neighborhood.

Usage

Guddu ne bullworker khareed liya hai. Ab dekh kaisi baadi banaayega.
Added 2013-04-19 by Paanini

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Sports & Games

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Chest Expander

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I remember the poor man's bullworker as well, the springy chest expander whose coils would bite into your chest skin if you were not careful. Ouchh!

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mainmacha

I totally remember Bullworker! My cousin actually used it. It was also called a "chest expander." Classic word. I found a picture and added it off :)

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Chhakka

\chhak-kaa\
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1. Six (in cricket or in playing cards)

2. Eunuch

Usage

1. (a). Sachin Tendulkar ne pahli ball par hi chhakka jad diya (Sachin Tendulkar hit the first ball and made a six).
(b). Kismat kharab hai, ek trump aaya aur wo bhi chhakka! (I have got misfortune, I got a single trump card and that too of six).

2. Abey! Chhakke ki tarah kyon chal raha hai? (Dude! Why are you walking like a chhakka).

Added 2013-02-19 by मैं हूँ, डॉन

Root

Hindi

Region

UP

Categories

Sports & Games

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Jad dena, Abey

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Tippa khana
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Noun. June 7, 2013, Word of the Day
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Physical training period- is a 40-50 minute class in which students play various sports.
Sometimes teachers use PT periods to complete lessons.

Usage

thangam: what is next period ???
manjula: PT period...
thangam: happa! shall we play shuttle di?
Added 2012-10-25 by othadei

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Sports & Games