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Bombat Iyer Mami

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Bombat Iyer Mami meets Hot Mama. Enough said!

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Head-going

\As it is written!\
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A direct translation of the Tamil phrase "Thalai pora karyam", which means, of course, "head going happening". Surely, if Your head is going (either away from you) or because someone is advancing threateningly with a scythe with intent to sweep your head off (usually an irate husband) then surely this is a matter of urgency. So this phrase is used (in the negative) to calm someone who is stressing about, say, being behind schedule.

Usage

Peekay: Prema, please we should have been there by now. Can you get a move on?
Prema: Ayyo! Please! (In a sibilant quiet voice) I have to wait for the choli from the ironing man. It has to match my new linen saree. It not head-going to be there on time.
Peekay: (in a non-aggressive tone) I really have to be there. I do not think the Nobel Peace Prize committee is going care what color your choli is. I am being given the prize for the coconut initiative in East Africa, and the eyes are on me this time!
Prema: eyes on him, it Simms. Humph.
Added 2012-01-06 by Bombat Iyer Mami

Definition

When all bases are covered and every eventuality is accounted for by complete, imaginative and sometimes anal planning.

A direct reference to a Tamil movie starring MGR! Cut to a long shot of car (looks like a 60's Chevy from here, does it not?) The car is speeding along on the right side of the road , (yes RIGHT as opposed to LEFT, not RIGHT as opposed to WRONG! ) and it is forced off the road. It careens off into a lake on the right and camera rushes in for a tight shot of .... MGR ! He struggles out of the driver's seat (MGR was neither slim nor limber) and pulls out a walkie-talkie and says, "Hello, Scotland Yard! Please send reinforcements, 4 units with guns and bullets, including helicopter".

(Extreme foresight to ask for bullets for the afore mentioned guns, would you not agree? Ed.)

Usage

Jyoti: (while planning for an over-a-weekend school trip) Have you the round school seal? You know what the railway authorities are like when we have the square seal.
Sathish: I have it and the stamp pad and I have blank sheets of paper and big stapler and the little pins and the black pen and the blue pen if the black ink signature will not do ... I have everything, including helicopter.
Added 2011-09-24 by Bombat Iyer Mami

Definition

Imagine an enthu cutlet earnest teacher looking for a movie at a famous video rental place on Church Street. He is completely engrossed in making a choice between 'Gandhi and the Art of Meditation' and 'Was Hitler and Aryan? A treatise of the real reason behind WW Two". A rude interruption of uniformed men whose job is to catch adults checking out adult movies (go figure!) disturbs him. So the following conversation follows:
Uniformed Men: (picking out a science fiction movie with a lurid cover of woman with the interesting advantage of wearing her underwear outside of her stretch pants) And what is this movie about?
Man behind desk: Science fiction, Saar. Good movie, Saar.
Uniformed man: (not letting his mustache lose it's bristle) Humph. It is not-at-all looking like science to me.

Usage

Sathish: (who is the quintissential enthu-cutlet earnest principal) And why are you skulking behind those bushes, Arvind? It is not-at-all looking like science to me.
Arvind: (Eyes wide open, innocence glowing around him) I am revising mathematics, Mr. J.
Added 2011-09-24 by Bombat Iyer Mami

sums

\how else, but "sums"?\
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The grave tome of mathematics that all school boys and girls pale at, known by its author rather than by its title, O P Malhotra, is designed to set 40 "sums" as homework. So about 5 exemplar "sums" are worked out at the beginning of the chapter, and 50 more are set as exercises. No maths teacher worth her/his salt will deviate from this subliminal suggestion by the math-god, (who labels all his triangles OPM, after himself!)

Usage

Zebbie: I wanted to watch doordarshan last night, but I had 20 sums to do, macha.
Santhosh: I watched doordarshan only. I changed the page number of yesterday's homework sums to today's, macha. So clever, no?
Added 2011-09-24 by Bombat Iyer Mami

Pin-to-pin

\Pin 2 pin !!\
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Adverb. April 22, 2012, Word of the Day
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Definition

As the phrase suggests, every last pin is in it's place. This has special reference to parts that move mechanically, held in place with (a little more than, i hope!) pins.

Usage

Menaka Amma: Motorbike is OK, Ramu? Did the mechanic do a good job with the repairs?
Ramu: Madam, pin to pin, Madam! Pin to pin condishen le irruku.
Added 2011-08-01 by Bombat Iyer Mami

Kushu-e-kairu

\The phrase is phonetically true\
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Assume you are given to dramatizing a situation, (hand on hip) "and you were WHERE while you should have been revising for your nth exam on Electricity??" (eyes flashing, chest heaving).

It is then exponentially likely that your haplessly-pinned-against-the-garden-gate son will mutter, "don't make a kushu-e-kairu out of this tiny transgression." This translates literally as "fart spun into a rope", with all it's charmingly quixotic mind-pictures.

Usage

Ayyo! So what if I shared my friend's chicken leg in front of my paati? Don't make a kushu-e-kairu situation of the minor transgression. My paati thought it was badly constructed kozhakatai, anyhow!
Added 2011-07-26 by Bombat Iyer Mami

Root

Tamil

Related Terms

Enthu Cutlet, Dai

Terms referencing this

Full khush

Definition

A delightfully dovetailed word-plus-instant-translation that skates between English and Kannada. It means, quite simply "why because" and usefully links a statement and the (usually illogical) reason for the statement.
Can also be used in reverse: "yak-andre"-why-because, but there are strict rules about which form you would use for which audience. The second one is favored for "vernacular" audiences and the first one is for fashionable anglo-fied diga crowd.

Usage

It is always used in conjunction with a "tchak" click of the tongue, before the whole word. However, the more illogical the reason, the braver the person gets to put the click in the middle of the phrase.

Srilatha: That fellow promised to meet me for a cool drink but I just challed off to home, why because yak andre he is a kannadoggy.

Added 2011-07-07 by Bombat Iyer Mami

Root

Kannada

Region

Bangalore

Categories

WALTO

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what for you
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Noun.
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Definition

Same as kothi but has a more threatening sound.

Usage

Enough on its own, actually!
"Korrangu!" makes the blood run thin.
Added 2011-07-06 by Bombat Iyer Mami

Root

Tamil

Categories

WALTO

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kothi
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Definition

In one slickly effective word, a plethora of meanings:
(verb) "insert" your shirt-tails into your waistband
(noun) a shirt that has its tails "inserted" in
A natural amalgamation of tuck-in and shirt produced "In-shirt"

Usage

(Verb) Order from Mother, Always said with a gesture of her head and flash of her eyes.
"Inshirt!" .... "or else" is implicit in the flash of her eyes.
(Noun)
He looked very nice at the beginning of the day, with his inshirt. Now look at him, just a korangu.
Added 2011-07-06 by Bombat Iyer Mami

Root

Tamil

Categories

WALTO
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Adjective. October 14, 2013, Word of the Day
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Definition

A porki who created a flurry of confusion, by doing or saying something all porkis do naturally ... i.e. exactly what they shouldn't do or say!
Used usually with a charming little extension, such as "kumbakona-than", when the last m of kumbakonam is dropped to maintain the musicality of the word.

Usage

As the two marriage parties wend their ways to separate hospitals to take care of their cuts and bruises from the final wedding fray, which caught fire at an inopportune remark.
Father of the groom: "Who said what, machan?"
On-looker: "Namma kumbakona-than"
Added 2011-07-01 by Bombat Iyer Mami

Root

Tamil

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

naradha