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BhendhiBabe

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Born in Dubai, barely been back to India, parents are Anglo-Indian, studied in a school where everyone but the Nuns were Indian. When I speak Hindi it sounds like a completely new language!!!

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Universally recognized as Pariah.

Today we use it to describe people who are really uncouth and socially inappropriate.

It's origins? Tamil! (paṟaiyar, plural of paṟaiyan) which literally means drummer (from a hereditary duty of the caste), derivative of paṟai, a festival drum.

Over the years it has found its way into the English dictionary and somehow the pronunciation has changed.

But us indians, we keep it real!

Usage

Mother: Joe, did you wash your hands after playing with the dog?
(Joe goes red with guilt)
Mother: Go and wash them you bloody pariyer!
Added 2012-01-11 by BhendhiBabe

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jungli

Definition

This is supposed to mean "in good health". Where the "pink" part comes from is debatable but everyone seems to understand that it is a good thing.

Usage

When writing an email to someone -

"Hope this email finds you in the pink of your health"

Added 2012-01-04 by BhendhiBabe

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English

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All India
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to tell a joke.

But it is meant to be dramatic to suggest that the joker really hit a high with that joke.

Usage

raju: why did the ching gum cross the road
jai: why?
raju: coz it was stuck to the chicken's arse yaar
jai: arey va! kya joke maara
Added 2012-01-04 by BhendhiBabe

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Hindi

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North India

Definition

chewing gum. That gooey thing that helps ward of boredom, bad breath and hunger effectively.

Usage

Mr Fernandes: These bloody rascals! Always putting ching gum on the benches!
Added 2012-01-04 by BhendhiBabe