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Definition

Contrary to appearances this quaint expression does not mean physically sitting on a computer (because as we all know Indians can do far more useful things with them). It actually means using a computer, usually while sitting down.

In this case the function 'on' means 'to do' or 'to use', as in sitting to use the computer, or using the computer.

For reasons unknown to us it is important to Indians to specify that this activity is carried out while sitting down (and not while squatting, because that would have unsavoury connotations).

Usage

Mum: "Beta how long you'll sit on the computer? Do something useful, no? Go clean your room."
Limbu: "I don't feel like cleaning my room."
Mum: "Ok then study."
Added 2013-01-21 by Laddu

Root

English

Region

All India

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sitting on my head, sitter

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offed

Definition

This bongla babu, a famous physicist (1884-1974), lends his name to the type of particles known as bosons, of which one is the Higgs' Boson.

A famous scientist and contemporary of Einstein, he also gets credit for Bose-Einstein statistics, and expressed an interest in Bengali literature, biochemistry, and many other things. He was also a friend of Tagore.

Usage

If you say Satyendra Nath Bose, go all out. Say it like this: Shot-yendroh-Noth Boshu.
Added 2012-07-09 by mainmacha

Root

Bengali

Region

Bengal

Categories

People

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Sooth Mudin Waya!

\Sooth-Moodin-Waaya\
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Definition

Literally means "Shut your ass and come" in Tamil, this "Exclamation" is used when someone is annoying/delaying/psychin out.

Usage

Ravi - Ey Macha wait two seconds for me no?

Murali - Eh Sooth Mudin Waya!

Added 2011-10-19 by VP

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Categories

Very Bad Words

Terms referencing this

vaaye-la-vechko, Camandaenjaiment

Definition

the five star hotel name for the ever so frequently made, traditional mallu breakfast of puttu and kadala curry

Usage

Non-mallu guest to the waiter: "I'll have the steamed dumplings with chick peas curry please".
Waiter to colleague:"da aliya, yevarkku nammade puttum kadaleyum mathiyennu..."
Added 2011-09-18 by insane insaan

Root

Malayalam

Region

Kerala

Categories

Food and Drink

stand up on the bench

\Stand Up on Thee bench! (must be delivered with vim and force and so much anger)\
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Exclamation.
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Definition

A unit of the classroom justice system, it is supposedly a punishment bringing great embarrassment and shame to the recipient of it.

Used by frustrated teachers against errant students, this, ahem, punishment is where the student is made to stand on his seat, and remain standing for the rest of the class, or until the teacher barks "what you are standing for? sit down!"

Usage

The hierarchy of the classroom justice system is as follows:

1. Petty crime (mostly giggling) = You! Fingers on thee lips!
2. Juvenile crime (incessant yammering) = Mind thee class!
3. Blatant Stupidity (not doing homework + smug expression) = Stand up on thee bench I say!
4. Daredevilry (sitting in last bench + eating dabba + listening to walkman) = Get out of thee class men!

Added 2011-09-13 by MilkPowder

Root

English

Region

School!

Categories

School and College

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pen fight, doing like this - like this
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Definition

Delhi speak for Idli, dosas and vadas.

Usage

Yaar, bahut bhookha hoon main. Chal Madras Cafe per south indian khaate hain.
Added 2011-08-27 by pee_mmm

Root

English

Region

Delhi

Categories

People

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Madrasi

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north east, Uppit, continental

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Definition

To queue in ascending order of height. Can also be described as an extremely discriminatory phrase employed by evil primary school teachers to sow the seeds of inferiority in vertically challenged youngsters.

Usage

Indu Ma'am : All of you stand in height ordaaaaaarrrr!
*Sparking a power struggle between midgets 3 and 4*
Added 2011-07-29 by Mean Columbu
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Phrase. July 9, 2013, Word of the Day
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Definition

Originally mean sweets made from fruits but later during British times used for anything sweet. Adapted into indian English in decades past. Not used much any more but still found in old books and stories.

Usage

- Gopa and her friends go and celebrate her birthday with ice cream and sweet meats.

- His grandfather stared his business from a cycle as a sweet meat seller.

Added 2011-07-21 by Impolitika

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Food and Drink

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Logens or Lobenchus, chocolate

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Definition

To ask someone to shut up and sit down quietly if they are putting scene

Usage

macha1) what happens in vegas stays in vegas
macha2) shut and sit ra vegas itsimms
Added 2011-07-16 by munniamma 65

Root

English

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shut up your mouth

Terms referencing this

shut up and tell me the truth
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Phrase. February 9, 2013, Word of the Day
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Definition

Opposite of 'Attention!'. For relaxation purposes after marchpast. It was only some ten years after junior school that I realised it was 'Stand at ease'.

Usage

"Stannnnd a-TEEZE!"
Added 2011-07-08 by Minkey Chief

Definition

Always follows an order for fresh lime soda

Usage

You: Fresh-lime soda.
Waiter: Sweet and salt?
You: yes.
Added 2011-07-05 by Borax Babu

Root

English

Region

Bangalore

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

fresh lime soda

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Khatta Meetha
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Noun.
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Definition

Used typically to refer to a class level in the Indian schooling system e.g. "10th Standard" (written "Standard X") is roughly equivalent to "10th Grade" in the American System and "Year 11" in the U.K. system. In Pakistan, the word "Grade" is often used.

Similar equivalents are found for 3rd Standard, etc.

Usage

Stranger on Train: Which standard you are studying in?
Insouciant Boy: Uncle, I am repeating the Tenth Standard because I failed my Standard X exams.
Stranger on Train: Well, good you didn't jump into a well or hang yourself from a fan.
Added 2011-06-27 by mainmacha