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Noun. August 24, 2011, Word of the Day
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The mecca that isn't Mecca, the must-go mainstay of mobile Malyalis meaning to make their mark. The term references the Gulf - Persian, Arabian, call it what you will - but refers most commonly to Dubai, and in recent years, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi. Typically referred to with a mixture of pride and nausea, the gelf is a place where fortunes are made from taxes unpaid, and said fortune is then used to build a horrendously ugly giant pink-and-green house in Cochin. Muls flock to the Middle East in search of easy money and the high life, aided by a vast phalanx of engles (see engle in the gelf) spread across the region in a variety of taxi businesses, Kerala Paragon restaurants, fake watch shops, cellphone and electronics stores, and laundromats.

Usage

Jijo: Shimcy vend to gelf.
Joji: Oh is it? He vend aldready?
Jijo: Yes, he vend.
Joji: Oh is it? To gelf?
Jijo: Yes.
Joji: Oho wokay. I thought he didnt go yet.
Added 2011-07-05 by Choothsayer

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destination for all malyalis as a place of heavenly abode...
passport to fame and sucess,and great celebrations in the entire town

Usage

i vent to the gelf to earn a fat salary
Added 2011-07-02 by mallu kutty