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Mostly harmless. Peripatetic world-sutthufying word nerd with advanced degrees in la, lau and dau, with a minor in the correct use of 'oota aitha'. Guilty of thought crimes featuring Bangalore traffic, milky coffee and moustaches.

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The Bong and Digga variations, respectively, to mean delicate, nuanced, slight....

Usage

Prof M: You are missing a very shuttle distinction, my friend! Does title pass when the goods are deposited portside in Calcutta, or when the buyer receives them in his warehouse in China? What does Lord Denning say?
Yeediot NLS student: (has visions of Prakash Padukone and Sania Nehwal battling it out, wondering what Lord Denning has to do with anything)

Raj: I saw Madhuri with her pop when I went to Lalbagh, kano. Even though he's a bhayankara fellow with terror reputation in the Army, she gave me a subble wink when he was berating the gardner for the flowers not blooming in single file...must be lau only.
Dev: Hmmm. Either that or conjunctivitis.

Added 2011-09-28 by Malaprop

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Coy doublespeak for unrequited lau. Or indeed dau. Used to mock the fervour, bloodymindedness and sheer affrontery of one's "application" for favourable consideration, and it matters not a whit whether the favours sought are of the sacred or profane variety (minns lau or dau). Sadly (?) for bra burning feminists the world over, this expression seems limited to the male of the species preening its feathers, doing mating dance, making ass of itself and generally being an unreconstructed porki and enthu cutlet. Any usage to describe laddice applying to and being spurned by gents is, if etall evidenced, nothing but social studies field work or ethnographic thought experiment after too much yenne.

Its origins hint at the futility and torpor of beseeching our gorement offices for the doing of yanything etall, and the black hole into which those applications disappear (minns the Godrej cupboards in which they languish), without any reply forthcoming in this lifetime.

Can also be used to indicate any sort of Sisyphean attempt, not just in the dating sweepstakes.


Usage

Vik: Check out that Ranga, putting full ishtyle. Why for all this clean shave and cleaner jeans? Bugger never switches on geyser unless there's 99.99% chance of getting laid...
Arvind: Ushu! Must be that new laddice who's moved into the apartment across him...in case he brushes past her on the stairs and all minns....
Braxton: Ha. She's a drummer with The Ballbreaking Dykes, recites Sappho byheart and holidays on the isle of Lesbos. Apply apply no reply.

Minkey Chief: Whether you managed tickets for India Pakistan final?
Porkipaya: Easier to make that hero Studmuffin eat my chaddis. Or submit 500 new words to Samosapedia before breakfast. Tried through all my contacts. Apply apply no reply.

Added 2011-09-28 by Malaprop

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Nothing to do with supreme court, la, liars, jokepal or Anna.

It refers to the gentle non-exercise taken by somewhat yelderly pipals to fool themselves into bleewing that the masala dosa hoovered up at Vidhyarthi Bhavan will not contribute to the ruination of their fine figar.

Minns walk. But why say like that when you can use a word connoting such gravitas and import that it hints at a lifetime of discipline and an understanding of the vagaries of the seemingly inscrutable desi digestive process?

Usage

Mrs Rao (breathlessly): I wants to watch that salacious serial made by that laddice who names yeverything with K. By the by, can't fault numerology when she's laughing all the way to the bank. So successful all her soaps are, no? But my betterhoff will never allow. He wants to vanly watch news even though all he does is shout at that Bengali newscaster who answers his own questions and never lets his interviewees open their mouth.....
Mrs Iyer (sympathetically): You come off here and watch, ma. Mr Iyer is taking constitutional daily at the same time as that serial. I have trained to do like that vanly....
Added 2011-09-28 by Malaprop

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Favourite expression of schoolteachers and moms, doled out to precocious children and downright classroom thugs alike.

Usage

Srishti: Miss! Miss! Did you see???? Krish stole my rubber, then he pinched my bum when I bent down to look for it!!!
Subsistute teacher, Miss D'cruz: And you think I got eyes in the back of my 'edd or wot, chile? Didn't your mummy tell you never to be a sneaker? If you have a problem with Krish, you talk to Krish...not come running to your Miss to rescue you...(muttering...bleddy jungli creatures...animals....before returning to the M&B stashed between the trignometry problems)

Amma: Paddu, I'm going to do pooja now. Please mind the house and give me 20 minutes of peace before yuvar father arrives from office...
Paddu (sneaking towards the kitchen): Sure, amma...no probs
Amma: Dai! Don't think you can steal the laddoos! You know I've got eyes at the back of my head....you can wait for prasaadam after the pooja, same as everyone else....

Added 2011-09-17 by Malaprop

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English

Region

All India

Terms referencing this

Looking London, Talking Tokyo
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Not one half of a jazz quartet.

Two of the most mispronounced words in our colourful land, doing jugalbandi in a term that connotes shamelessness, lack of moral fibre, an excess of gore (usually of the Kissan tomato ketchup variety) and all round titillation. When applied to summarise a new flick that's just been released, it practically guarantees box office success.

The direct opposite of Bengali art cinema shot in low light with a hand held camera and method actors.

Usage

Dev: Hey, what an enthu cutlet you are. Went off for first day first show of that new Porki Talkies fillim itsimms! How it was?
Shyam: Full paisa vasool. So much sax and voilins means bastard child of Debbie Does Dallas and Kill Bill. What's not to lau?
Added 2011-09-17 by Malaprop

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One of a family of terms beloved of the print media, especially at the jingoistic end of the spectrum. One could say it's the cousin of "The situation is tense, but under control".

Sweeping in usage and grand in its scope, it can be used in every context from people's opposition to unwanted hydel dams to heightened insurgent activity to sightings of the abominable Yeti.

Our neighbourers sometimes dabbled, when describing crisis ridden Jaffna and the Tamil problem, but it moshtly graces the pages of our own rags.

Usage

Headlines like:
"Residents of "x" town gripped in a fear psychosis"
"Fear psychosis over Dalal Street"
"Swine flu fear psychosis cripples commercial centre"

Sirish: Hey check this out da, news article about some monkey-man in Delhi! Attacked lots of people, who fainted off as soon as he touched them! NDTV interviewed one numbers sociologist itsimms...(reading out) "There is a possibility that it could be some animal. But experts believe that animals like monkeys won’t behave in this fashion. It is quite abnormal to have a monkey of five feet height. Professor, what’s your take on it, is it possibly a kind of Lord-Ganesha-drinking-milk-kind-of-story we are dealing with?"
Minkey Chief (interrupting): Ha. It is fear psychosis, plain and simple. As if you need sociologist to tell you that, bugger....some hoax pulled by some bored porki. Alleged victims putting full masala and wol and whole city reeling with paranoia. Sheesh. All bunkum.

Added 2011-09-12 by Malaprop

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English

Region

All India

Terms referencing this

terror, scary
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Adjective. February 28, 2012, Word of the Day
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Territorial monogamy when it comes to matters culinary. Transgression thereof results in contamination of nuclear proportions. A little Chernobyl in the daily life of a TamBrahm or digga. Occurs when bodily fluids are guilty of trespass and go AWOL in an extra-jurisdictional kind of way.

Prime examples involve the sharing of glasses, cutlery or crockery once they've made contact with your lips/fingers. If it's involuntary or absent minded, you may get off with a mild rebuke. If it's intentional because you're modern with modern outlook and like yanking people's chain when it comes to matters of superstition and religion, you will be on the verge of ostracism while your mummy wonders where she went wrong. And rushes off to offer a coconut to her favourite deity, a prayer on her lips....

Note to people from up north: same to same as your jootha business, woyich.

Usage

Jay (returning from cricket practice): I could kill for a long drink now...oh, you have one, awesome....(takes long swig from sister's glass of Rasna)
Mother: Ayyo....what kind of neanderthals have I raised? Shantam paapam...immediately go and wash up with Lifebuoy and put yenjil glass in the sink....
Added 2011-09-09 by Malaprop

Root

Kannada

Categories

WALTO

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jootha
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See yenjil. Same to same but with Bollywood soundtrack rather than MS Subbalakshmi.

Usage

Reena: Listen, that Virat is definitely after me. Why else he'll happily pick up my jootha burger in front of everyone and take a bite?
Mahita: Ummm....because he's a hostelite and gets bored of rajma chawal every friggin' night???
Added 2011-09-09 by Malaprop

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

After someone, yenjil

Terms referencing this

shoe-bite
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If you were mallu and had engles in Gelf, you drank Tang.

The rest of us had Rasna.

Usage

Abhay: Damn sad I had to miss Shweta's happy birthday because of chickenpox. How was it?
Rahul (sullen): Usual scene. Mini burgers. Samosas. Rasna. Cake in the shape of Mr Potato Head. Which their yappy pomerian jumped on, giving Mrs H a cardiac. Compulsory pin the tail on the donkey. An aging clown doing magic tricks. Chickenpox would have been better.
Added 2011-09-09 by Malaprop

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Food and Drink

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Borkut, uncle chips, Cupnoodle
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As opposed to *what*, exactly?!

Curious term, much (ab)used by certain desis who like to give gyaan, explain fundas or make sweeping generalisations that bear little relation to reality. Most heard on college campuses, in bars and pubs and at parties i.e. any venue that involves that some tanni/yenne, a captive audience and the opportunity to liberally hand out advice, get on a soapbox or pontificate about life's lessons, banal as they might be.

Most favouritest usage (by all and sundry): What's your problem in life?

Usage

Surdie: See, in life, one must learn to adjust.
Birdie (quizzical, muttering to himself): And in death???

Kelvin: Why does Ranga wear a poncho, hide under a sombrero, make dishoom dishoom noises and drink tequila shots???
Celsius: Dude, his dream was to be in a Western....but he had to settle for Tollywood. In life, one manages....

Kitty party veteran: Oh darling, what is all this work shurrk....your funda in life should be to please your husband....
PhD from CalTech, dragged to kitty party by sister in law: "Ummmm....and presumably, he should resign his chairmanship immediately because *his* funda **in life** should be to please me too? Or will he get around to it once I'm safely six feet under?
Kitty party veteran (to herself): Hmmmph. No wonder her solitaries are so tiny and she's wearing a *shudder* Titan watch. Clearly not doing enough for her dear hubbie in life.....

Added 2011-09-08 by Malaprop

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

sofasadhu, sofa sadhu