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Paanini

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A true Hindustani as I have lived in all regions of Indya.

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at the rate

\Ate the rate aaf\
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Abbreviation. September 12, 2014, Word of the Day
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Definition

Amazing as it may seem, you can hear folks announce their e-mail as ignoramus "at the rate of" gmail.com (ignoramus@gmail.com for those who have not got it yet). You scratch your head and squint hard every time you hear a desi use 'at the rate of' for the @ sign in an email address. The lessons from 6th class simble indresd problems have been so ingrained in the skull (remember (p.n.r/100), where r is interest 'at the rate of....@' that the definition sticks lifelong. Admittedly the usage has come down, but every so often a desi bhai or behan will surprise with at the rate of yahoo.com.

Usage

Adhik jankari ke liye aap Hamay email, babajotish at the rate of hotmail daat kaam pe bheje.

(To learn more, send me email to babajotish at the rate of hotmail daat com.)

Added 2014-09-11 by Paanini

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English

Region

All India

Related Terms

cheap and best, At the max

Picnic spot

\Piknik ispaat\
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Desi designation for any place containing a small body of water of clearer than brackish water, a few rock boulders to sit on, and a small grove of trees nearby. This is the minimum requirement for a picnic spot. We urbanites living in noisy cities crave for such picinc spots where we can spread out with our tiffin carriers, have our puri bhaji or tair saadam (curd rice for the uninitiated), puliyogare (lemon rice) or parathas and spend a quiet afternoon with family and friends.

Usage

This Magod Falls is very nice I say. There are lots of picnic spots. Quick let us open up the tiffin carrier and have some puliyogare right here.
Added 2014-06-07 by Paanini

Root

English

Region

All India

Ungli Karna

\Ooglee\
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Phrase used to describe idle mischief being done by someone that usually leads to a breakdown of the thing or person undergoing ungli treatment. Ungli karna is always unwanted but gives pleasure to the person doing ungli. "Ungli" here literally means finger.

Usage

Terko aur kuch kaam nahi, chup chaap ungli karte rehta hai.

(You have no other work, sitting quietly and doing ungli....)

Added 2014-02-18 by Paanini

Root

Hindi

Related Terms

ungli-ready, ungli

Definition

The most probable cause and effect assigned by Indians to bad fortune (picchle janam may main ne kuch kiya hoga, is liye aaj bhugatna pad raha hai) or that the effect of a misdeed will definitely be reaped in the next janma (agle janam mein woh gadha banega), since in this janam you are making merry despite your corrupt ways. This is one way we Indians console ourselves when things don't go the way we want them to or when we can't explain why things happen a certain way. Variations are found in every language. Phrase is also used to show humility when you accomplish something great (Hindina janma da punya irbeku, adakke IIT Exam nali first bande, and friends will go "what a humble guy" and nod approvingly). This thinking is deeply rooted in the Hindu belief of Karma and Rebirth but most Indians of every religion probably believe in it.

Usage

Toone us kutte ko accident mein maar diya, agle janam mein tu kutta banega.
Mai apne pichle janam ka kiya bhugat raha hoon.
Added 2013-11-23 by Paanini
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Great word for face which finds many uses. When a friend claims, Sachin nay senchury maara lekin usko doh life mile. Mujhe doh life milta to mai bhai senchury maarta, you say, "Saale kabhi thobda dekha hai apna sheeshe mein". Or if you are really angry at someone and want to get back at him you say, Mai uska thobda bigaad doonga.

Usage

Uske thobde ka naqsha badal doonga.
Added 2013-11-04 by Paanini

Root

Hindi

Region

Hindi belt

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face cut
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Typical Indian euphemism for Roadside Weigh Stations. Literal translation is "righteous duty thorn". Dharam Kaantas are found scattered along highways where "lorries" ferrying goods are weighed. In actuality the Kaanta refers to the pointer on the scale on which weighing is done. Weighing of commercial vehicles is for the purpose of collecting road use tax, so one can imagine what the righteous duty thorns, i.e. weigh station workers, would be doing here. Wink wink, nudge nudge, pay me a few and I'll declare your lorry underweight, dharam jaaye bhaad mein.

Usage

Dharam Kaanta - belonging to Pistol Singh of Gram Rewari, very reliable and honest service.
Added 2013-09-28 by Paanini

Root

Hindi

Region

Hindi Belt

Categories

Money & Business, WALTO

Super Specialty Hospital

\Sooper Speshality Haaspital\
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A marketing gimmick for hospitals designed to fool sick people into believing they are getting super special care. No one is quite sure what this designation means. Is it for manisters and super special sick people who can pay a ton of money so they can recuperate in 5- star comfort. Maybe not as one often sees the ailing masses and their families milling about in every nook and cranny of the hospital. Is it supposed to one-up a specialty hospital? What is next in the hierarchy, Super duper specialty hospital, or ultra super specialty, sir-ji?

Usage

Ayyo that is not just a hospital, it is a super specialty hospital.
Added 2013-07-25 by Paanini

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Places

Related Terms

Nimhans

Little finger

\Litil fingare\
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The savior of many a kid's half-pants, and a susu-distressed kid's best friend. We all have seen little kids in primary school classrooms, who will squirm in their seats, do the twist, have a pained expression on their face, until they can no longer hold the pressure, and voila, the left hand goes up with the raised little finger, while the right hand clamps down on the front of the half-pant in a last ditch effort to avert a flood of biblical proportions. Once permission is granted by the miss, the kid is off to the races, where relief is just a smelly pot away. The raised little finger is the desi symbol of no. 1, the supposedly more benign cousin of no. 2, since no. 1 can be done anywhere where there is a willing wall.

Usage

Tot: Miss, Miss, I have to go to the bathroom. I am getting little finger.
Added 2013-06-08 by Paanini

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO
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Phrase. May 31, 2013, Word of the Day
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A shady business. It is an accusation frequently leveled against bijnessmen in India when discussing their ill-gotten wealth. The number doh can be used with anything to denote acqusition by dubious means. Doh number ka maal or doh number ka paisa are other phrases, where the shady number Doh makes an appearance. When discussing the sudden rise in wealth of a neighbor, the person will say in a dramatic manner, with rolled eyes, Sab doh number ka maal hai.

Usage

Person 1: Yaar toone dekha Viru ne yeh saal teen nayi gaadiyaan khareed li hai.
Person 2, with a look of disgust on his face: choad yaar, sab doh number ke dhande ka paisa hai.
Added 2013-05-23 by Paanini

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Related Terms

Black money, black market

Definition

When you gotta go potty, you gotta gotta go potty, ain't scared of no tiger. Quaint rhyme in villages of central India that translates as when you've got to the loo (hagga), you don't fear even if there is a tiger (baggha) on the loose. Figurative meaning is a desperate man fears nothing. So remember, when you are scared of itty bitty things, there are folks in remote villages shitting outdoors with tigers in the vicinity.

Usage

Chal hat, main nai darta, baggha se nahi dare hagga.
Added 2013-05-16 by Paanini