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CalcuttaMaami

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Im a Tam Bram who grew up in Calcutta, brought up by hard core tam parents who were born and brought up in Calcutta as well. Having been away from Tamil Nadu for three generations, the tamil we spoke (and still speak) at home has watered down quite a bit, with a number of curious words/short forms/anglicizations evolving over the years. WIth no tamil speaking friends around in Cal, Sun TV is usually the only source to verify whether some words we know as Tamil really ARE part of the language or just a figment of my family's collective imagination!

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Definition

the Tamil word for bengalis

Usage

sundar: che, what is this smell?
Lalitha: those vangalatans are frying fish.
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami

Root

Tamil

Region

calcutta

Definition

Tamil for Castor oil; also used to describe something inedible

Usage

this coffee tastes like valak ennai
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami

Root

Tamil

Region

Tamil Nadu

Categories

Food and Drink

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Velakennai
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Adjective. December 30, 2011, Word of the Day
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One of those words which has no english equivalent. Used to describe the behaviour of bengali women. Womanly wiles coupled with a healthy dose of charm and a dash of annoyance. Nayka-mi: the act of being nayka

Usage

Debolina: oh ma, it's so hot, I'm going to die
Reena: chup kor, neka girl. Don't do naykami.
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami

Root

Bengali

Region

calcutta

Definition

a Diamond Comic creation by Pran, Chacha Chaudhury is an inconspicuous old man who solves crimes all over the world with sidekick Sabu.

Usage

Chacha Chaudhary's brain works faster than a super computer
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami
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An alien from Jupiter, Sabu is a 7 feet wrestler, sidekick to the famous Chacha Choudhury. This series has been published (in rather suspect English) for over a couple of decades by Diamond Comics

Usage

when Sabu gets angry, a volcano erupts in a distant land.
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami
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Noun. May 14, 2013, Word of the Day
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Piping hot green dal made at roadside calcutta dhabas, best had with some hot rotis and raw onions. Egg Tadka dal is the mother of all tadka dals, with a generous helping of scrambled eggs mixed in.

Usage

Egg Tadka Dal at Azad Hind is to die for
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Categories

Food and Drink

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Dhaaba

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Talichukotify

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the bengali word for okay and equivalent for the Hindi theek hai

Usage

Mother: babu, will you eat 3 plates of biryani?
Babu: Theek Aache maa
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta
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Definition

cheekiness, mostly on a full stomach, after one has had a good meal

Usage

(on lazy sunday afternoon, post lunch)
Sundar: amma, i saw appa eating chicken at the neighbour's house...i swear!
Amma: aiyayo? really?
Appa: dey..poda...nothing of that sort...Sundar is full of kozhupu after all the sambhar chadam today.
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami

Root

Tamil

Region

calcutta

Definition

to strain, exert oneself especially when you're trying to initiate bowel movement..

Usage

Sundar (shouting from the loo): Amma, its not coming, Amma..!! im tired of mukkifying
Amma: Appapa, this is what happens if you eat too much Maggi. Now come out, have some Boost and mukki a little more.
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami

Root

Tamil

Region

All India

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Bum Washer
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institutionalised Calcutta street food. Literally, its crispy savoury dumplings stuffed with spicy mashed potatoes. This is made at roadside stalls and is dunked into some chilled tamarind/spicy water before it's served. Advisable to consume it in one mouthful!

Usage

(at Lajpat Nagar)
Reena: chal, lets have some paani puri
Debolina: Paani Puri?? no way...i'm a Puchka person.
Added 2011-10-14 by CalcuttaMaami

Root

Bengali

Region

calcutta

Categories

Food and Drink

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samosa