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Noun.
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Definition

Hey, you know folk-lore and more. They usually are a great indicators of a possible solution to many situations and problems.
Indian traditions of medicine, sexology, diet, superstitious conduct, political troubleshooting, planetary positions; all have the help of the foot-soldier called streetlore, or street-lore.

Streetlore is an amalgam of all streams of knowledge that come to you wherever you are, even if mobile networks do not reach you, even if you shun all public contact, television and internet.

It's not surprising that revolutions, Bhakti-movements, Sufism, miracles, have all been ignited by streetlore in India.

At individuals' levels, incurable diseases have been cured, peace of mind achieved, lotteries won, and love life settled.

Usage

Streetlore is most commonly in spoken language.
And then, it is most often picked up from posters and graffiti in public toilets.
The fistula you suffer from is being loudly discussed in the next table in the bar, while you are talking about the best methods of suicide of which more than anyone of your friends at the table, the waiter serving you is interested in.

Street lore has answers to all questions, even when every religion, science, philosophy and shastras have none.

Added 2012-01-02 by I love Dtool

Root

Neologism

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO,

street light

\streetlight\
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Noun.
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Definition

A public appliance thoughtfully provided by the government so that all our parents could study under it and come "state first"

They must have had remarkable night vision to sit and read 50 feet below a 10 watt bulb that barely provides enough light to illuminate the lamp post supporting it

Usage

Dad: My 23 brothers and I all studied under the same street light and came state first.
Added 2011-08-27 by Side Character

Root

English

Region

Tamil Nadu

Related Terms

Jugaad, Jugaad

Siddharto

\Shiddharto\
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Noun. November 4, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

Empty vessel

Usage

This was a term popular in Calcutta tea shops in the 70s. Meant an empty cup. An order would be placed thus: One tea and one siddharto.
Named after the then Chief Minister of West Bengal.
Added 2011-08-09 by matsyabhoji

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta