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First Only

\As in the English language, First Only\
16 2
Phrase. December 11, 2012, Word of the Day
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Definition

Equivalent to "Earlier" or "Before". Literal translation from Marathi or Konkani. Perhaps, other Indian languages too.

Usage

Ganesh: My secondhand scooter is a real jhunjhut. Nothing but problems.
Mangesh: What I told you first only? Don't buy a secondhand scooter. You buy nothing but other people's headaches.
Added 2012-02-22 by IndianInCowboyCountry

Root

English

Region

Mumbai

Related Terms

Fust Only
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Phrase.
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Definition

Any rebuttal worth it's salt in India mustinshould begin with a lawyerly first of all...

An outsider may be forgiven for thinking it denotes the sayer's clarity of thought & organised mind, but its no such thing. We're just buying time by talking bullshit.

Also: if youre from Karnataka, please say 'First af aalu'. Gives it a regional flavour. And if its an auto driver youre debating with, he'll think youre a local. (Thats all. He'll think. But he'll still charge you extra. Dont have such high hopes & all!)

Usage

Mom: What time does the school bus drop Pappu everyday? Its 1 O'clock & he should have been here by now...
Dad: (in superior tone) First of all, it isnt the *school bus* that drops Pappu home, its the *driver* of the bus. Next of all, whatever time it is, hes not a baby anymore & doesnt need your constant molly-coddling & worrying about his comings & goings!
Mom (with naughty grin): Stop acting like the grandson of Wren & Martin! Don't have any clue what time he comes, do you?? Huh?
Added 2011-11-28 by poori

Root

English

Region

India

Terms referencing this

next of all
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Adjective.
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Definition

Of excellent quality. Comes from the breaking of up railway compartments into first second and third class compartments.

Usage

I had first class food at Nagarjuna and then took non veg at imperial and got gastric.
Added 2011-10-11 by porkipaya
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Noun. October 3, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

In India, you don't get honored, you get felicitated. Your beggars aren't beggars, they are mendicants. Your criminals aren't just criminals, they are known depredators (see KD). And they aren't just hiding, they are absconding (see Absconding culprits nabbed). Regional problems have fissiparous tendencies and if you have a dude chilling in the forests and doing goodal on a national scale, he is a "forest brigand." A quaint phrase that has now become inextricably linked to Veerappan, the king of KD's, father of all brigandage.

Usage

"Days after the notorious forest brigand Veerappan was shot dead by the Special Task Force in October 2004, a senior IAS officer in Tamil Nadu had reportedly expressed fears about the likelihood of a successor emerging, according to partial extracts of a US Cable released by Wikileaks."
Added 2011-10-02 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

People

Terms referencing this

self-styled, Spectrum Raja

first night

\First Night\
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Noun.
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Definition

The first night that a newly wed couple spend together to consumate their marriage. Also called Suhaag Rath and Shanti Muhurtam.

In all Indian language movies this scene has been repeated ad naseum.

Usage

Boy to recently married friend: How was the first night da? Enjoyed?
Added 2011-09-26 by Cyanide

Root

Multiple

Region

All

Terms referencing this

shanti kalyanam, nuptials

Definition

Somewhere in the middle of a heated argument, when the original rationale is long forgotten, person A, having no worthwhile debatable points anymore, will impugn the character of person B, accusing said person of lacking even the basic courtesy and etiquette of conversation...to which person B will retort by reminding person A that respect works reciprocally and person A can walk the talk first if he wants to...
at which point
a) both gentleman may decide to hang on to the little shred of dignity left and walk away or
b) one of them throws in a random non sequitur thus providing a completely new rationale for the argument to continue

Usage

Elder Engle (Red in the face): engsters these days..not even caring for age..first go learn spelling of respect
Engster Stud: Just because you are elder i must stand ateeze and salute you or what? first give respect to take respect
Elder Engle: You are TataBirla or something? wanting respect first ..useless fellow
Added 2011-09-26 by Side Character

Root

English

Region

All India

Terms referencing this

TTE
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Noun.
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Definition

The period of an Indian film screening that plays before the interval.

Usage

"How's the film?"

"First half is thoda slow. I liked second half better."

Added 2011-09-25 by GoodCumbany

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

interval
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Noun.
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Definition

Four-stones
Outdoor game played by 5 people with small rubber ball and four stones, with the playing space restricted to a largish square subdivided into four equal squares arranged in two rows.

Usage

Never played four stones? You missed a lot in your childhood.
Added 2011-09-21 by oldathai

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Sports & Games

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Lagori
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Adjective.
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Definition

Frustration. Frustrated.

Usage

"He's damn frustu ya!"
Added 2011-09-04 by momopedia

Root

Nepali

Region

Nepal

Terms referencing this

Arivai

Definition

A prohibited activity in restaurants of a certain class (or even roadside cafes vainly attempting to exhibit some). Refers to the dastardly act of sharing food and drink, usually taken to a ridiculous extreme by wags with a good Iyer head for maths. Rather than risk the stricture against by-two service, they adopt a workaround with requests for 3/8, 5/11 and the like, resulting in the ban on fractional service.

Usage

Signboard in uni canteen:
"No smoking. No extra chutney. No fractional service."
Added 2011-09-02 by Malaprop

Definition

Padhaku and chasmis choot bhagats are the likely candidates who always make it to the list of "frustrated one sided Lovers association". How hard they might try to impress that baju wali item, gaon ki gori or side cabin ki rosy still their dreams of one nights with their Pamela Anderson end up with apna hath jagganath. These kinda people have been observed to be very happy at the morning of Valentines Day, but end up facedown at some local theka or TASMAC by evening. This species is known to collect every sort of weird stuff thrown by their lau interest and is allergic to a festival known a Raksha bandhan !!!

Usage

Dhondu : dai macha what is that red cloth that you are smelling from evening ??
Pungi ram : arre this is Chameli's hanky da, u know i lau her so much.
Dhondu: stop acting like the president of frustrated one sided lovers association. If her father comes to know about this, then u will end up with a danda in your gaand.
Added 2011-08-27 by Desi Murga

Region

All India

Related Terms

apna hath jagganath, tasmac

Terms referencing this

Arivai
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Exclamation.
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Definition

generally used ny Indians to say "The Best"

Usage

rajan:yea suit kaisa hei yaar?
Shoiab:waah..!yeh tho 'first class'hei!

(how's the suit? waah, first class!)

Added 2011-08-26 by Badaayi Ramathi
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First starting

\fash-staa-ting\
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Phrase.
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Definition

Means Beginning - of a movie, story, etc

Usage

Kannada: "Picturedu firshtaating-nalli hero heng barthaane gotha"?
Added 2011-08-19 by Bonda

Root

English

Region

Karnataka

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Bluefilm
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Adjective.
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Definition

Top praise for something, more often than not a food item. As with a lot of our lingo, your enthusiasm and passion is conveyed as much in the body language you employ as in the words you use.

Follow after me:
Raise your right hand about chest level, palm towards you;
Lightly touch your index finger to your thumb;
Let the other three fingers curve inward ever so slightly, this is for style;
Rock your hand up and down in a slow hammar motion;
With down-turned lips and knit-brows say "Ffffffirrrrst Classss!"

On the scale of appreciation one would be hard pressed to do better than First Class. Reserve this for the best!

Usage

Ted: "So, kid, did you take Maala to that new sushi restaurant at The Gardenia like you planned?"
Shreshta: "No da, we went to CTR"
Ted (confused): "CTR?"
Shre: "Central Tiffin Room. Malleswaram. Macha, the filter coffee there is Ffffirst Class ra rei!"
Ted: "Second date?"
Shre: "No..."
Added 2011-08-12 by Studmuffin
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frust

\phru-st \
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Exclamation.
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Definition

Short for "frustrated", as in to explain a state of mind

Usage

Hey Ram, why are you so frust?
The darn ED paper, that's what.
Added 2011-08-10 by whatever

Root

English

Related Terms

Frustiyana, Frustiyapa

Definition

Somebody who is a class topper.
High chance of success in life, Good marraige market prospects etc.

Usage

He / She is MTech First Class First. Very smart.
Added 2011-07-18 by Impolitika
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Verb.
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Definition

To have a whole lotta fun, in a good way. It is generally applied to social overachievers or to people who have exceeded their allotment of pleasure, in contradistinction to the American usage, where to "freak out" is to have a nervous seizure of some sort.

Usage

Raja: Friday night I got blasted with those girls, man. I freaked out at the pub.
John, from US: Whoa. Did you hurt yourself? Was everyone ok?
Raja: Of course everyone is ok! Better than ok, in fact. Only one problem is there.
John, from US: Umm, ok. So, despite having freaked out, everyone's ok?
Raja: Yes, yes. But one problem - I didn't put. I think those girls gave me KLPD.
Added 2011-07-12 by Vaadagiri

Root

Multiple

Categories

WALTO

Terms referencing this

farm house
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Noun.
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Definition

The sound of the "first bell" or the bell that's rung briefly, five minutes before the end of the class period, in convent or Jesuit schools in India.

Usage

Kartik got so excited that he ran out of class on first bell and was belted by the teacher.
Added 2011-07-12 by porkipaya

Root

English

Categories

School and College

Related Terms

second bell, St. Joseph's

Terms referencing this

rag

Definition

Means what it says exactly. This is a reference to the first show on the opening day of a movie release to the junta.

Can be used as a abstract noun without the need for a preceding indefinite or definite article.

For major stars in Bollywood, and always for Rajnikanth, first day first show is treated by the fans as an act of reconfirming their faith in their hero. Therefore large crowds, pushing and shoving, and various kinds of tamasha ensue. Police bandobast is often required.

For anybody who wishes to judge this behavior as being in poor taste, the standard defence is "What to do saar, we are like this only (WALTO)"

Usage

A: "Did you hear that Rajnikanth's new move is out?"
B: "Yes I did, we are lining up 6 hours before to get tickets for first day first show."
Added 2011-07-03 by Kannadoggy