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In the west, the word "different" is a euphemism for an eccentric or crazy person. But in India, "different" is a huge compliment.
From the vernacular "Alag", the word probably originated in south delhi but is now used widely because of the influence of Naarth Indians.

Usage

"How is that new restaurant yaar?"
"Funtastic, funtastic" (kissing his fingers for emphasis) "It's something different yaar."

ABCD "How is your husband?"
South Asian: "Too good, too good, he's totally different."
ABCD "So you finally divorced that no good sunovabitch, Ramesh, that's great, girl!"
South Asian: How can you talk like that? Ramesh is the best I am telling you and you say such bad things... (bursts into tears)

Added 2011-07-31 by engfrood

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Multiple

Region

North India

Categories

WALTO

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Sakkath
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Affectionate term for Bollywood hero Salman Khan

Usage

Gymming eh? You are looking like Sallu only.

Don't drive so fast man, you don't want to do like Sallu

Ah look a deer in the forest, give me a gun.
What you think you are Sallu?

Added 2011-07-29 by engfrood

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Multiple

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All India

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People

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Salman Khan, Bollywood
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Studying.
For students all over India, reading is synonymous with studying and hence used interchangeably. Probably a translation from the vernacular, where the word for reading and studying is the same. (Padhna in Hindi, Wodu in Kannada, etc)

Usage

Where you are going?
I have to read for tomorrow's exam.

Come for movie tomorrow man, first day first show new Sallu movie
No man, I have to do reading

Added 2011-07-28 by engfrood

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Multiple

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All India

Categories

School and College

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Tuitions, penpencil, IIT

Definition

Smoking a cigarette. A translation of the Hindi phrase, "Cigarette pee raha hoon" literally, I am drinking a cigarette.

Usage

Where are you going Rajeev?
Sir, I will go and drink a cigarette and come.

Ullu ke patthey! Instead of reading, you are just chasing girls and drinking cigarettes!

Added 2011-07-28 by engfrood

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

Food and Drink

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fag, sutta

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Ciggy
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In South Asia, we know that addictions are like relationships, full of angst and love and hate, and ambivalence.

And so when we finally quit a habit, we say that we "left" the habit in question. It's over, we tell the cigarettes (or alcohol or drugs). I am leaving you.

Usage

Looking healthy da, what happened?
"I left smoking"

Why you drinking fresh lime soda, have one hot drink no?
"No man, I left drinking."

Added 2011-07-28 by engfrood

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Multiple

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All India

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WALTO

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loddey

Littttel

\Litttt- thul. Say "Litt" , hold the t sound for at least 2 seconds, and end with the sound "thul". \
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Littttel = Little divided by 10,000.

The word "Littttel", means very little bit more, a smidgen of a smidgen, a bare suggestion of the curry or vegetable.

Of course, when you say litttel, the expectation is that at least a spoon-full be served.

The food will stop only when you put a hand over your plate, and even then, overzealousness might result in a bit of food being served onto your hand.

Usage

Aunty puts mutton curry in your plate. You say enough.
She says, "Take some more,"
"No Aunty, I am full," You are a good Indian boy and you have been taught to say no, at least one or two times, because aunty may have run out of mutton curry.
"Have some more, you should well at your age,"
"No, no, it was very nice, but enough," Of course, you sit at the table, hoping she won't be like the American returned aunty who stopped asking you if you want more , the moment you said enough.
"Have a little bit..."
"Ok, just a litttel, that's all, that's all."
Added 2011-07-26 by engfrood

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English

Categories

WALTO

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Pijju, Small, chintu, minji
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Market for second hand goods with often shady or unknown antecedents.
A mythical bazaar where you can get things you cannot get anywhere else, or at least not out of a box.
Plumbers and electricians usually refer to it when you ask them about hard to find parts.
Often abbreviated to the more hip "Guj"

Usage

"Enna mike, whatcha doing men?"
"Nothing mom, I am just fixing my geyser."
"You should get off one thermostat and fix it neatly inside,"
"Where I will get this thermostat ?"
"Go off to the Guj, you will get it,"
Added 2011-07-26 by engfrood

Root

Hindi

Categories

WALTO

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battlipaper

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Washing powder Nirma, Washing powder Nirma, doodh ki safedi...

Top selling detergent of the mid 80s, people couldn't stop humming the tune of the ad, even though they hated themselves for it.
If you are South Asian, listening to this ad or smelling the washing poweder will evoke powerful memories and emotions - nostalgic musings about a simpler time, mixed with the relief of knowing that the nightmare of the polka dot girl dancing to this tune is behind you.

Usage

My car is dirty.
Washing powder Nirma!

My husband is a lazy good for nothing.
Washing powder Nirma!

Your clothes, they are white as milk.
Washing powder Nirma!

Added 2011-07-24 by engfrood

Root

Multiple

Region

All India

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Videocon Washing Machine

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ujala, drying clothes

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Noun. October 28, 2011, Word of the Day
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The incredibly popular dance track at Mangalorean and Goan Catholics parties.

No wedding is complete without grown men and women jumping up, and twisting their hands into strange beak like shapes as the relentless few notes of the song are played in an ever ascending tempo.

People doing the chicken dance look like they are having the best time of their lives, but don't let that fool you.

Recently, upwardly mobile Naarth Indians and people from NOIDA and gurgaon have also started to do the chicken dance. When performed in Punjab, it's referred to as the Surdie Birdie dance.

Usage

DJ Armin Van Buren: Goedemorgen, Mr Da Cunha, I will play the best set ever for your daughter's wedding

Mr Da Cunha: Armaan, don't forget to play the Chicken Dance at least once or twice. Every hour.

Added 2011-07-23 by engfrood

Definition

The old Eagle's song that will live forever in pubs all over India.
The opening chords of the song has the young pups jumping with hormone fueled vigor, while older pub goers try to resist waves of nausea.

Usage

Opening chords of Hotel California
Younger college students ( in boozy loud discordant voices): "On a dark desert highway..."
40 something Bangalorean: Excuse me while I go and do vaanthi.
Added 2011-07-23 by engfrood

Root

English

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hotel keralfornia