The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

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By the way.

Usage

At the canteen, a meagre affair at lunch: Maggi and cock.

Prof. Joji finally gets an intro to Prof. Jincy.

Prof. Joji: Maggi is your favourite no? Masala or chicken flavour?

Prof. Jincy: Pure non-veg I am. Chicken, only, no?

Prof. Joji: By the by, maggi for dinner also? With me? Tonight?

Added 2011-08-22 by GoodCumbany

Root

English

Region

Kerala

Definition 2 of 6

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archaic conjunction used in a sentence to change topics

Usage

is it? oh! ok, by-the-by, what happened to Sita? Did Murthy try anything funny after the last episode? that rascal!
Added 2011-07-01 by sykil

Root

English

Region

Karnataka

Related Terms

like that only, walto

Definition 3 of 6

by the by

\bye the bye\
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something that comes along. an addition to what one is saying. an archaic indian english phrase. somewhere in the middle

definitely NOT 'by the way'

Usage

grandmother : dey, partha (parthasarathy), come home soon from ur uncle's house, okay? oh, and 'bye the bye', ur cousin sundari, that rakhshasi (demoness), bring her along, if u have to!
Added 2011-10-30 by mintaka

Root

English

Region

All India

Definition 4 of 6

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It is used before adding something new in an ongoing conversation.

Usage

I was passing through the park and I met your uncle there. We spoke for a long time. By the by, how is your Missues doing?
Added 2011-07-01 by Disco Shanti

Root

Kannada

Region

Karnataka

Related Terms

like that only, walto

Definition 5 of 6

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A phrase used instead of "by the way" as a filler between sentences or at the beginning of a new topic.

Usage

Mr.A : Umm.. by-the-by.. what is yuvar good name please?
Added 2012-05-14 by itsmeonly

Root

Telugu

Region

South India

Definition 6 of 6

by the by

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By the way, incidentally

Usage

Srikanth to Venky: How are you I say? Very hot day in Bangalore today? By the by what is your brother doing now a days after engineering.
Added 2011-12-05 by Cyanide

Root

English

Region

Bangalore