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Noun. February 2, 2012, Word of the Day
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Definition

Sir.

But who you call Saar is a nuanced thing. It's a safe respectful designation without necessarily indicating hierarchy. If an implicit hierarchy is present, well and good, but when relative status is uncertain then Saar is a good bet.

It's not used in the familiar, like boss or hero. It may occasionally be used in reverse in an implicit hierarchy (i.e. high to low as opposed to the expected low to high) but this is terribly sarcastic and implies that some lowly bugger is about to get a tightslap if the sarcasm doesn't do the needful...

Usage

Coolie: "Ganapathi Saar, one mister from the telephone department is waiting."
Ganapathi (to long awaited technician): "Ah, hello saar, yesterday only you were supposed to come..."
Radhakrisha: "Saaaar what to do saar, staff only is not available these days, so much demand, we have been asking for more people but they are not giving"
Ganapathi: "Ok ok, you please start the work, I will get some tea."
Ganapathi (to coolie): "Hello! Saar! Are you going to bring some tea for saar or chumma stand there smiling?"
Added 2011-07-05 by Studmuffin

Root

Multiple

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO

Terms referencing this

sir-ji, Anna

Definition 2 of 2

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Saar is the equivalent of the english "Sir" but can also be used to address anybody whoes name you can't seem to recollect!

Usage

Uncle Murthy suddenly bumps into mr Gowda - "Oh Gowdree .... long time no seee"
Mr Gowda surprised and confused - " What Saar ... you are doing finaaa?"

Uncle Murthy walking on the road and Auto Driver Ranga stops by and says "Where goinguu saaar?"

Added 2011-07-08 by VJ

Root

Kannada

Region

Karnataka

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

Sir

Terms referencing this

sir-ji, Anna