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Definition 1 of 6

za

\'s-are\
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A common mistake made in Indian schools is to think that the times tables are said with the word "za" or "zaa". In reality there is no such word. Za is actually "s are"
So 2 2 za 4 is actually 2 2s are 4

Usage

In reality it is:
2 2's are 4
3 2's are 6
4 2's are 8
5 2's are 10
6 2's are 12
Added 2013-12-06 by Eki

Region

India

Related Terms

Zaa, Za

Terms referencing this

Two ones are two

Definition 2 of 6

za

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Verb. December 14, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

School kids in India learn to say the numerical table with the help of this little word. It would roughly translate into 'are'.

Usage

two one za two
two two za four
two three za six
two four za eight
two five za ten
two six za twelve
two seven za fourteen
two eight za sixteen
two nine za eighteen
two ten za twenty
Added 2011-08-23 by Mildly Racist

Root

Creole

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

Terms referencing this

Two ones are two

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poori

Epic word i say. Deserves to climb the charts & do battle with 'Traditional with..'

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Definition 3 of 6

za

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Definition

School kids in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh learn to say the numerical table with the help of this little word. It would roughly be translated into " ARE "

Usage

eg:
two twos are four.
two two sare four.
two two za four.
Added 2012-01-10 by Lala

Definition 4 of 6

za

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"za" is a combination of the 's' of the numerical plural and 'are', and translates into "equals"

Usage

eg, two two (s are = "za") four
Added 2011-12-15 by Donna Quixit

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO

Terms referencing this

Two ones are two

Definition 5 of 6

za

\zaa\
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Definition

A conveniently modified pronunciation of the word "are", using which eng bais and gerls are taught the multiplication tables during primary school.

Usage

Two twos are four : "Two two za four"

"Aye, why you were absent to class yesterday, man? Miss taught us two two za tables."

Added 2011-12-21 by Qaz

Root

Unknown

Region

South India

Categories

School and College

Related Terms

eng bai, eng gerl, eskool

Terms referencing this

Two ones are two

Definition 6 of 6

za

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Definition

commonly mispronunciation among Indian school going kids.

this is actually an amalgamation of the sound of "s" and "are" put together.

for example -
two tens are twenty => two ten za twenty

Usage

two ten za twenty
Added 2012-01-03 by tarangmogre

Root

English

Region

All India

Terms referencing this

Two ones are two
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