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Noun. August 5, 2011, Word of the Day


Most people who've traveled on the Indian Railways would agree that the best part of the journey is the endless barrage of food that comes your way. Depending on what region of India you're in, your choices might range from hot hot idli-vadas wrapped in banana leaves and newspapers, to steaming peppered tomato soup served in styrofoam cups, to chai/coffee, to SIPSAAAAY. "What are sipsays?" you may ask. It took me a while to figure this one out. I would hear "Chaicoffeeidlivadatomatrsoupsipsaaay" bellowed as the vendors breezed pass our train cabin and always wonder what that last item was. Why, of course! Chips! An adaptation of the English word for "chips" -- or, as the Brits would say, "crisps" -- "sipsay" are those delightful deep fried, salted, spiced slices of potato/jackfruit/banana that we all love to munch on! Next time you're on a train and you hear "sipsay", stop the fella and grab a few. Then you'll really be able to sakkath majaa maadi on your journey!


Vendor: "Chaicoffeeidlivadatomatrsoupsipsaaay!!!!!!!!"
Child: Amma, I want banana chips!
Amma: OK mole.
Added 2011-08-04 by Rangamuffin
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