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galichu

\gah-lee-chu\
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Slang for something dirty. It is rumored that "gullies" which are roads with no proper drainage were dirty and manual rickshaw drivers used to warn other drivers that "don't go their; there are gullies". "Gullies" in chennai slang could have become galichu which means dirty.

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anga pogathu ...orey galichu

(don't go there, it's really galichu).

Added 2011-09-13 by baba
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Roasted groundnut salesmen by the beach are often known to use the ladle/scoop to scrape the empty pan to give illusion that they have lots of business which attracts customers who may think they will get something hot and fresh. Thus when you have an ulterior motive (maybe kissing up to someone or flirting) you are said to "put kadalai".

Usage

Summa kadalai podatha...velaya paaru
Added 2011-09-06 by baba

Root

Tamil

Region

Chennai

Categories

Food and Drink

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Sanjay Ramaswamy, kadalai pottufying
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Kaakapudi means to get close to someone with an ulterior motive. The crow ("kaaka") in this personifies a highly intelligent person (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crow). The way to lure or attract a crow is to go "caw-caw" and the crow will get attracted; as crows use the same call to attract other crows (Crows have also been observed to respond to calls of other species; this behavior is, it is presumed, learned because it varies regionally. ) . This could be used by crow catchers. Thus fake imitation with an ulterior motive is call kaaka pudichiying.

Usage

yen antha officera kaakapudikara?
indha urula kaakapudicha than vela nadukum!
Added 2011-09-03 by baba

Root

Tamil

Region

Chennai

Categories

WALTO

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ooru-sutthufying

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Definition

The actual proverb is : "To catch a mountain take a hair and sling it; if you succeed you get the mountain; if you lose you lose just a hair" Which means to make an attempt however trivial. This may also be used to make a zero risk attempt.

Usage

summa exam yeyudhu; vandha malai pona mayiru (when said to someone who is not so interested in the exam and would not have take it anyway)...

summa employment exchange la padhivu sayyu; vandha malai..pona ...

Added 2011-09-03 by baba

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Tamil

Region

Chennai
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