The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

The region "Calcutta" has 37 entries

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Noun.
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Definition

Bengalis have always taken great pride in their rich culture of ideas, poetry, language, lyricism and intellectual output. Hence it is not surprising that they have unique word for everything un-Bengali. The word apasanskriti is a Bengali word which means debased culture or low/crass/hedonistic/ mass culture.

Usage

Bengali Transport minister in response to IPL cheerleaders:

"This is nothing but apasanskriti. The whole thing has left me shocked.How can girls in such dresses be allowed to perform at cricket matches?”

Added 2013-05-11 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Related Terms

Bhadralok, high brown

Definition

From the greatbong:

Thanda lege jaabe. Translation: You will catch a cold. Bengalis love Nature. After all, about 36.4% of their rhymeless poems, scribbled on the back of cigarette cartons and paper napkins, are about its assorted glories. (The rest are about Prem or love). But Nature, the heartless seductress, remains cold to them. Literally. Wise men have not been able to find out what exactly it is about the Bengali genetic structure that makes them as susceptible to the common cold as Raina is to the short ball. Whatever be the reason, Bengalis are mortally afraid of catching the chill. And for good reason. Which is why when the mercury dips oh-so-slightly, you will find them wandering about in gear that would look excessive at the North Pole—brown monkey caps, grey sweaters (typically called “pullovers”) yards of mufflers and woolen socks. The Bengali might keep the windows of his mind open (like the legendary Sidhu-jyatha of Feluda lore) but, come spring, will definitely keep the windows of his room closed. Because the first breeze of spring, as his grandmother used to tell them, is deadly (praanghati).

Usage

Bengali 1: Hey man get your monkey cap, Thanda lege jaabe!
Bengali 2: [Bokachoda}! don't treat me like a small child, everything will be fine
Added 2013-05-10 by Logonathan

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Related Terms

Bokachoda, Monkey Cap
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Noun.
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Definition

A residence for young men ( chums ) who stay at this shared accomodation, probably worked for Metal Box in Calcutta, went to Saturday Club for a drink and dated damsels from Loretto House, Calcutta

Usage

I've been signed on at Metal Box and I will now stay at the chumri
Added 2013-03-17 by Christine

Root

English

Region

Calcutta
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Exclamation.
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Definition

Literal meaning - It died!

Actual usage - An exclamation of despair.

Usage

Suchi (while looking at the question paper after not studying for an exam throughout the year and attempting to cram one night before the exam) - Ei morechhey!

Kochu - Ki re, kheye to nilaam. Ebaar taka dite hobe.
Paaka - (Looks for wallet. Doesn't find it) Wallet toh baaditeyi bhule gechhi.
Kochu - Ei morechhey!

Added 2012-05-29 by Bookworm

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Related Terms

Eeesh

Terms referencing this

kaam sarsey
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Noun. May 22, 2012, Word of the Day
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Definition

Fish-and-rice. Staple food of Bengali-speaking regions of Hindoostan. Homonym of 'Marx-badh'- or 'Follower of Marx'. Hence the connection between dietary habits and the political scenario in Bengal.

Usage

Horipodo: Maach-bhaat chai. (Want fish-and-rice)
Bhojohori: Eeediate, ebhryware you go you ask phor phish!
Added 2012-05-12 by Pocha Kaka

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Categories

Food and Drink

Terms referencing this

Alleppey fish curry
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Phrase.
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Definition

A dubious reference to the incendiary nature of pubic hair and its propensity to burst into flames spontaneously when the person in question has been adequately teased or irritated. This property of pubic hair may be little more than urban legend, may have roots in Bengali mythology- but the usage persists to this day. ("Jhaat"- Pubic Hair, "Jalano"- To burn)

Usage

Bhojohori- "Ei, how many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?"
Horipodo- Saala, jhaat jalano hochey naki? (Are you trying to set my pubic hair on fire, here?)
Added 2012-05-11 by Pocha Kaka

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Related Terms

jhaatu
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Exclamation. May 23, 2012, Word of the Day
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Definition

This is a very common Bengali exclamation made famous by Utpal Dutt in Bengali circles, and Aishwarya Rai (in the movie Devdas) in national circles.

Meant to express anything from disgust, shock, rage, even adoration.

It is estimated that on an average a Bengali, especially Bengali women, use eeesh 10,089 times every year. "Ei Morechhey" is a close second to Eeesh.

(Credit: an email forward)

Usage

Eeesh, what a sweet baby you have. He has such pretty blue eyes. Uh, but, wait! (Awkward)

Eeesh, they changed the question paper on us! (Entrepreneurial student on day of test after hustling an "early copy" from headmaster's office the night before)

Eeesh, what's that in your hair? (Something About Mary)

Added 2012-02-28 by Bangalee

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Related Terms

Ei morechhey, Shorbonaash

Terms referencing this

Ei Morechhey

Nangto

\nang-toh\
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Adjective.
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Definition

Naked.

Any Bengali grandmother's wardrobe of choice for her grandchild, to ensure all the oil from the "maaleesh" soaks up good, ideally with a serving of strong winter sun.

A close second (in the wardrobe context) is dressing up your son or grandson as a woman.

(Credit: word choice inspired by an email forward)

Usage

The little one is such a cutie. He just ran around nangto around the neighborhood all afternoon.
Added 2012-02-28 by Bangalee

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Related Terms

Nanga

Definition

Joyous applause over an incredible piece of news.

Usage

Phaataa phaatee, boss! Just heard that Rajnikanth has agreed to play for India in the Cricket World Cup final. By himself.
Added 2012-02-28 by Bangalee

beshi paka

\bay-shee paa-kaa\
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Noun.
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Definition

over-ripe! (literal meaning). someone who acts too clever for their station / age.

Usage

That little Rumpa na, next door, saw me with Rahul in the corridor and started sniggering away... just six years old and what ashpordha. Beshi paka meye!
Added 2012-02-19 by

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Categories

People

Related Terms

meye, ashpordha