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From Dick and Garlick:

"Some day I'll write an essay about misnaming in Indian English: the many tangled reasons which lead people in this country to use the word swan for a goose, autumn for the rainy season, and so on. Meanwhile, here's food critic Vir Sanghvi on why mutton stands for goat meat in Indian restaurant menus.

Just as every MP begins his or her career with a lie – by saying that total electoral expenditure was under the limit – so every chef and restaurant manager who writes a menu usually starts out with a lie of his or her own. The lie consists of a description of the red meat that is used in the kitchen. Often, the menu will simply say ‘mutton’. This is a term widely used in the culinary world to describe meat from a sheep. The term ‘lamb’ is restricted to young sheep. If the meat comes from an older animal then ‘mutton’ is used. It is the sort of distinction embodied by the phrase ‘mutton dressed as lamb’, commonly employed to describe older women who try and dress young.

The problem, of course, is that the kitchen does not use mutton, no matter what it says on the menu. The chances are that the chef is using goat, a meat for which the term mutton is never used outside of India. Some chefs and menu writers go further with their evasions. In the descriptive line below such menu staples as seekh kebab and raan, they will use lamb instead of goat. So, a seekh kebab will be described as ‘minced lamb cooked on a skewer in the tandoor’ and a raan as ‘leg of lamb’."

Usage

Mutton biryani at Imperial is amazing!
Added 2012-04-08 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Food and Drink
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Tus Pus English speakers use the term 'sugar complaint' for 'diabetes', but its traditional Indian name is Madhumeha.
The Sanskrit term sounds real sweet too.

Usage

" You are looking one type uncl.... What happen?"

" What to do young man, I have got Madhumeha"

"What uncle, really!!? New affair aaa !!? What will aunty do now??"

Added 2012-01-17 by Savyasachi

Root

Sanskrit

Categories

Food and Drink

maiden

\may-dun\
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While it may seem like a very obvious, simple English term, this word refers less to a respectable female and more to British Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden. Its roots lie in the very fact that saying the first name would make you sound too serious about saying the whole name of the band. It also serves as a great tool for pseudo-metalheads to look like they know the band or the genre.

Usage

"What yaar,what is this 'Moonchild'?I only like songs by Maiden.Play something by Maiden man."
Added 2011-10-03 by metal militant

Region

North India

Related Terms

Metchul

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goosebumps
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Madam. Even madams say 'maydum' for a madam in south India, more particularly in Karnadaga.
A more reverential reference to the grand lady is 'maydummore'
If you want to split this madam up and see what's in it:
madam + more, More of a madam.
mad + amma + avaru, That's what she becomes when the day's income is low.
made+ amma + avaru. She was not a full blown madam. Just made the grade.

Usage

Clerk Kempanna to typist Thirumalamma: " Maydum, maydum, maydummore baththaa avre, novel buchchikki!"
( madam Thirumala, the big madam is coming, hide the novel you are reading)
Added 2011-09-02 by I love Dtool

Root

English

Region

Karnadagam

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Aunty
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The female counterpart of the sayippu.

Usage

" Madama sun BATHing in beach in jetty and bra!! CUMMON DA!! fast fast before the crowd comes!!"
(Sunny and Suresh hurry to the beach where a circle of gaping men in lungis were gathering around a rather surprised looking madama)
Added 2011-08-22 by Kochu kalli

Root

English

Categories

People

Related Terms

Sayippu, firang, Gora, angrez

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mandan, Sayippu
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Shit, poo, bowel movements etc.

Usage

Granpa: Get some isabgol, I did not pass motion today only.
Added 2011-07-07 by itsacharade

Root

Multiple

Related Terms

Kakoos, Tuttee

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movement