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Standard fallback for bearers at every colonial hangup elite(ist) club and gymkhana in the country. The poor employee at the entrance has been tasked with keeping out ruffians and anti-social elements, and the club helpfully provides a set of reasons: not wearing shoes or sandals with backstraps; shirt with no collar; ethnic wear; and so on. But if one shows up in an outfit that is OK by the book, they resort to the catch-all: 'Sorry saar, you cannot enter. Members will object' accompanied with a hand wave at the objectionable wardrobe, and a knowing look at the ancient members in the Men's Bar.

Usage

Ruffian trying to enter the club (pointing at his Hawaii chappals cleverly rigged with a leather strap): But... but these ARE sandals, see they have backstraps.

Bearer (apologetic, on ruffian's side but compelled by terms of employment): Sorry saar, you cannot enter. Members will object.

Added 2011-12-27 by Borax Babu

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO

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members

Definition

Synonyms: ruffian, chargesheeter, rowdy

Usage

The vandalism was attributed, by the police inspector in charge, to anti-social elements.
Added 2011-12-27 by Borax Babu

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

People, WALTO

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Fog proof device, Members will object

Depression in the Bay of Bengal

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Phrase. November 2, 2012, Word of the Day
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You can blame anything on a depression in the Bay of Bengal. Technically, this phrase refers to a low-pressure cyclonic weather system over the Bay that leads to wind and heavy rainfall, sometimes flooding, for large parts of the Indian landmass. This was a favourite phrase of weather girls on Doordarshan in the 80s, and is still popular in the media: any unexpected or unseasonal rain is blamed on a depression in the Bay of Bengal. In common usage: if something is not going right in your life, blame it on a depression in the Bay of Bengal; you'll feel better.

Usage

"A depression in the Bay of Bengal triggered heavy rain affecting normal life in the entire coastal belt of Orissa for the second consecutive day on Friday." - Deccan Herald

Frustrated driver: This traffic is impossible! What is going on with this rain in September!?
Passenger trying to comfort driver: Chill maadi, it must be a depression in the Bay of Bengal.

Added 2011-09-20 by Borax Babu

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English

Region

All India

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Chill maadi

Definition

Establishment that serves pork and mutton but NOT beef.
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Usage

Used as a last-ditch option. We can't find food anywhere at this time. Let's go to the Hindu military hotel?
Added 2011-07-06 by Borax Babu

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English

Region

Bangalore

Categories

Food and Drink

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Hotel
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Refers to days when the buying and selling of alcohol is banned. These include: Gandhi Jayanti, election days, election result days. But not to worry, various resourceful people will stock up in preparation for dry days so you are never at a loss for tipple.

Usage

Oh no... I forgot today was a dry day! Where am I going to find some IMFL for my party?
Added 2011-07-06 by Borax Babu

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English

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Food and Drink

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IMFL

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Ambiguous in the context of school or college exams:
To 'take an exam' might mean either of the following:
(a) You are a teacher conducting the exam (typical Indian usage)
(b) You are a student writing the exam (typical Western usage)

In either case, it is the opposite of give.

Usage

Teacher: Pass me that hip flask! I have to take an exam today and I'm not looking forward to shepherding those brats.

Student: I'm so nervous, I have to take an exam today but I haven't mugged anything!

Added 2011-07-06 by Borax Babu

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

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Give
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Ambiguous in the context of school or college exams:
To 'give an exam' might mean either of the following:
(a) You are a student writing the exam (typical Indian usage)
(b) You are a teacher conducting the exam (typical Western usage)

In either case, it is the opposite of take.

Usage

Student: I'm so nervous, I have to give an exam today but I haven't studied!

Teacher: Pass me that hip flask! I have to give an exam today and I'm not looking forward to shepherding those brats.

Added 2011-07-06 by Borax Babu

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English

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

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Take
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Restaurant

Usage

Let's stop at this hotel for lunch.
Added 2011-07-06 by Borax Babu
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Noun. July 30, 2011, Word of the Day
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Famous fried chicken dish served in Bangalore, Chennai, and other mostly South Indian cities. A popular late-night snack at Hotel Empire once bars have shut in Bangalore.

The origin of the name is contentious, with several 'hotels' laying claim to be the home of the original Chicken 65. The popularity of the dish has lead to a proliferation of copycat chickens, such as Chickens 78, 82, and 90. Nobody can really tell you what the number means. Simsimply you have to belt it off, that's all.

Usage

Macha 1: Some Chicken 65 would hit the spot with this beer. Do you think Empire is still open?
Macha 2: What about Imperial? Or the Military Dhaaba?
Macha 1: No, those fellows don't have the virginal one.
Added 2011-07-06 by Borax Babu
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Generically used by Indians of a certain generation to refer to any turboprop aircraft. Often the subject of Nehruvian nostalgia.

This derives from the Avro 748, a turboprop aircraft operated by Indian Airlines from the 1960s through the 1980s, and still in use by the Indian Air Force.

Usage

"They are using Avros for short-hop flights, not jets."

Sometimes confused for 'arvo', Australian slang for 'afternoon':
Australian: "See you in the arvo for the quiz"
Indian of a certain generation: "You guys are having the quiz on a propeller plane?? How will you hear the claps?"

Added 2011-07-06 by Borax Babu