The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

The region "Usa" has 8 entries

GC

\gee-cee\
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Definition

Green Card, a US permanent resident, the card is not really green.

Usage

A: Kya boss GC kya hua?
( Boss! What happened to your GC?)

B: Arre yaar, quota is over, priority date abhi mera aya nahi.
( dude, the annual quota is complete, and my priority date has not yet been reached)

Added 2012-10-20 by Guilty Gulti

Root

English

Region

USA

Related Terms

EAD, 485, I-140, H1B
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Noun. October 14, 2012, Word of the Day
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In the end, after the lengthy primaries that precede the Presidential elections in the United States, voters only have a choice of two: Republican or Democrat. Many South Asians find that they have at least one cantankerous male relative that invariably votes Republican. We've got a term that describes this character: Republican Uncle. And being intrepid Samosapedians and sociologists, we boldly bring to you a definition of this opinionated Sofa Sadhu, this sometime Drunkle, this vituperative lambaster of the liberal.

The 70s in India were a time of expansion of government power, oftentime in controversial ways: Indira Gandhi's Emergency, for one, alongside the cementing of the so-called License Raj. It was the beginning of the Brain Drain, which continues today: many of the best and the brightest take up in foreign shores, typically in North America. Supplement this with other pieces of legislation that came in about a decade later: the Mandal Commission findings, which became implemented in law as reservations by V.P. Singh in 1989 (allocating slots for Backward Castes in colleges and government jobs), and in Tamil Nadu, the DMK's anti-Brahmin legislation, which also gave berths in colleges to scheduled castes, and you have many of the ingredients that distill the Republican Uncle's political thought.

You see, in his heart, which is grand where his family is concerned, but perhaps less grand where the social contract is concerned, the Republican Uncle simply does not believe in gorement. He cites the frustrating inadequacy of Nehru's Fabian socialism as proof that government simply cannot cure societal ills like poverty; he cites the laziness of those on welfare, claiming them coddled by the State; he cites the horrific injustices of India's experiment in righting the historical injustices of the caste system (the Mandal Commission or the DMK) as why affirmative action can never fly. Is he racist? Yes, sadly he may bring with him the petty biases of the Old Country. Is he unkind? Well, that depends. Are you a doctor, lawyer, engineer, banker, or otherwise, wealthy, well-educated, and well-raised? If so, you will benefit from his smiles and bonhomie. Are you struggling? If so, it must certainly be your fault.

The Republican Uncle is wealthy, and idolizes Ronald Reagan. The true American cowboy, Ronald Reagan epitomized a great wave of prosperity and American might. Gorbachev tore down the wall under Reagan, didn't he? Why, Ronald Reagan even kidded around with Rajiv Gandhi, allowing that youngster to address both houses of Congress! And then there's taxes. The Republican Uncle may be in an elevated tax bracket. To use the rhetoric of the times, Republican Uncle may have made it into the vaunted one percent. Tax him? But for what? The Old Country's taxes were too severe, and government too stymied by the morass of its own size. Why, then, should that be the case with the New Country? Republican Uncle has become a true blue, with white peers who regard him as one of them (except for his accent, which to this day fuels impersonation by his cheeky nephew). He believes that voluntary charitable giving is a better option than mandatory taxes under the aegis of the social contract. And don't get him started on health care, particularly if he himself happens to be a doctor.

Republican Uncle has an analogue in Pakistani communities, Bangaladeshi communities, and many other new immigrant communities in the United States. But let us not judge him harshly. He is an immigrant hero, hardworking, believing he earned every cent, and the right to keep as many of those cents as possible. He is a bold investor, a glass ceiling breaker, a disciplinarian, a golfer, a teller of galling PJs. There he stands, dismayed that his daughter would phone bank for Obama, dismayed that Romney's speech about freeloaders is causing such a furor, optimistic, a believer in the promise of an America where Family Values and Hard Work are the watchwords of the day.

Give him a glass of Black Label, and grin and bear his rambling and ranting. He may have a cute daughter.

Usage

Jay: Yo bro, how did it go with Shalini's parents?
AJ: It was cool, but... her dad... man.
Jay: Whattup? Oh, is he a Republican Uncle?
AJ: JEEZ! It's unbearable. Went on and on about why Obamacare wouldn't work and why Paul Ryan's the best part about the ticket. Best part is I think Shalini's bro's gay.
Jay: Whoa, is he cute?
AJ: Yeah. I'd introduce you guys, but he isn't a nice desi boy to settle down with.
Added 2012-10-05 by mainmacha

Root

English

Region

USA

Related Terms

Gorement job, licence raj, Raj

Terms referencing this

I(n)diot

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1. Latest form of blackface theatre, this time depicting pandering stereotypes of desi folk in the US.

Used to be sole provenance of FOB / ABCD actors with monosyllabic/generic stage names ("Hey, call me Kumar! ") but lately has gone more mainstream.

A brownface character is typically obsessed with, by and from a dau, lau or semi-arranged marriage; or all of the above.


2. The color of a paleface firang once he/she has mud or Number Two thrown on it. Usually because the firang has done something bad to deserve an involuntary headbath.


3. Affectionate dimunitive for Ass-ton Kutcher, or for any other waste fellow chillar enough to make a career out of being consistently faltu and ghati.

Usage

Brownface John: (in a fake Indian accent) "Why don't you take me to your convenience store so I can meet your sister and toot-toot-toot-toot?" (bobblehead)

Desi Kunal: "Behenchod!. Stop the natak! You can't be Apu because you're too faltu to run a 7-11. And you can't be Koothrapali because you're too tubelight to be an astrophysicist."

Brownface John: "OK OK, at least can you say 'Thank you come again!' ?"

Rest of World: Blech!

Added 2012-05-04 by Kannadoggy

Root

English

Region

USA

Terms referencing this

ungli-ready, Opariah Winfrey

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Phrase. August 18, 2012, Word of the Day
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Legend and lore describe the life of a FOB grad student in such strictly circumscribed fashion, and given their rather thin wallets, this remains mostly true at least during first year.

Usage

ABCD Sam: How's it going dude? Are these shores treating you well?

FOB Phanikumar: Thatandoldonask... All I know for now is Advisor Budweiser Apartment Department

Added 2012-01-07 by Side Character

Root

English

Region

USA

Related Terms

FOB
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Definition

Digital South Asia Library of University of Chicago.
May be of particular interest to Samosapediacs.

It is unfortunate that we don't find substantial South Asian sources of useful info on the net even though that region produces the most number of IT professionals in the world.

It might be a very familiar experience to most South Asian net-users desperate to find some important info about our own lands, culture and languages, to either hit dead ends or go round and round in circles without finding what we want.

While foraging for some linguistic info on the net, I came across this nice resource and it was useful to me and I liked it. Maybe it could be useful to you too.

DSAL's main page has links to a store house of online material- images, books, maps, audio, statistics, bibliographical info etc.

The link for South Asian dictionaries: http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/

Usage

DSAL is an ongoing project. Already a lot is there. More will get added.
Added 2011-10-29 by I love Dtool
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Noun. October 5, 2011, Word of the Day
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ABCDEFGHIJ = American Born Confused Desi Escaped From Gujarat Hiding In Jersey.

Everyone of Indian descent in the United States knows there are Indian-Americans and then there are Indian-Americans from New Jersey. So pervasive, permeated and powerful are they that one of the five languages in which you can vote in New Jersey is...Gujarati (none of Hindi, Tamil, Arabic, French, or German make the list, by the way).

ABCDEFGHIJs are well known for having parents who, along with their entire extended family and friends, left the same village in Gujarat and, through various ports of call, made their way to New Jersey in the 1970s and 1980s. Where they have done their best to replicate village life albeit with modern amenities such as SUVs and wide-screen TVs. But whose channels are tuned to Indian channels - soap operas by day, the stock market and cricket by night.

Usage

Nitin: Hey, can you believe that freshman cutie Amrita from Edison had never even heard of the Beatles or Bruce Springsteen before she came to college? I mean, not even Springsteen, who is like their official state mascot!
Anand: Yep, classic ABCDEFGHIJ. And what's the bet she can't swing or salsa but finished her arangetram when she was, like, 12?
Added 2011-10-03 by Please Revert

Root

English

Region

USA

Categories

People

Related Terms

Guju, desi, ABCD, ABCDEF

Terms referencing this

fya

Definition

When veg H1Bs afflicted by the classic mix-up of the voiced labio-dental fricative and the voiced labialised velar approximant, order "veggie burgers" in the US, they cause much consternation and amusement.

Usage

"I'll have the wedgie burger please."
"Grfmmmmmxxxxsstt."
Added 2011-07-08 by Minkey Chief

Root

English

Region

USA

Categories

WALTO, Food and Drink

H1B

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Abbreviation. April 4, 2013, Word of the Day
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Definition

The US-based NRI version of FOB (Fresh Off the Boat), referring to the work visa that brings young software engineers in droves to the US.

Usage

"Ohhhhhhh, check out that Harley!"
"Don't be such an H1B, it's only a motorcycle."
Added 2011-07-07 by Minkey Chief

Root

English

Region

USA

Related Terms

ABCD, FOB

Terms referencing this

GC, Yew vas Yea, Well settled, Green card, FOB, softwares

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