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Rowdy Rangamma

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Applying one's lips to a glass or applying one's teeth/ saliva to meat pups and the like is called "germing".

This is a rather unsophisticated English translation of a concept very strongly followed in most parts of India. Germing attempts to translate the concepts of "yecchal" in Tamil and "jhoota" in Hindi.

Kids that believe in this miss out on all sorts of exciting shared food in school but, for those of us who didn't believe in it (unless the one attempting to bite into your pup was a maggot infested rowdy), it was a very useful thing. Simply touching the tip of your tongue to that moist chocolate cake would render it unsharable by many. Yay, more food for me!

Usage

11 year old boy from Lawrence School lovedale- Have you germed your glass?
Venky- What?
youngen- Have you germed it, man? Drunk from it.
Venky- Kid, Don't touch my milk shake!
Added 2011-07-25 by Rowdy Rangamma
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Noun. January 22, 2012, Word of the Day
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What you call it when you have pull at Lawrence School Lovedale.

Pref allows you to have longer showers, get iced buns, get two pieces of chicken for dinner, not get ragged and much more.

Pref can be either you birth-right (because you have an older sister in class 12) or you can buy pref by bribing the canteen dudes.

Pref is non-exchangeable and is strictly a limited time offer.

Usage

Lawrence School boy 1- How did you get that bun, man?
Lawrence School boy 2- from the bakery.
Lawrence School boy 1- but we didn't have jam bun for tea today...
Lawrence School boy 2- yes I know, I have pref.
Added 2011-07-25 by Rowdy Rangamma
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Three wheeler - tuk tuk - Phat phatti

What would we do without the auto-rickshaw?

What other automobile would lend itself so well to self expression- disco lights, rockin' music?

Who would ask us for Rs.300 to go anywhere because Vishnuvardhan is ill or the Central govt are porkis or where you live is just not exciting enough?

Who would block the whole road because they are pushing their friend's auto by foot, uphill to the petrol bunk?

Where would we read such beauties as "romanse nimans" and above mother there is no other?

Usage

in the popular tamil song "Naan autokaran autokaran"
Added 2011-07-08 by Rowdy Rangamma
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Phrase. September 29, 2011, Word of the Day
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Indians get invited to an average of 1 wedding a week. Add naming ceremonies, house entering ceremonies, work place inaugurations, pre-baby ceremonies, 60th birthdays, 80th birthdays, random religious events and wedding anniversaries and your life can get completely inundated with functions.

How do we deal? Sometimes we simply ignore invitations but this could cause offense and loss of face. The next best thing is to go, briefly, make sure you are in a few photos and in the video with your mouth open and full of food, and then leave.

This jetting through a function is called "showing face". Showing face is often also called "putting face"

Usage

YRV: Leela, make vettha kuzhambu for dinner.
Leela: But aren't you going for that wedding?
YRV: Ille ma, I am just showing face and coming back.
Added 2011-07-08 by Rowdy Rangamma
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Someone is telling tall tales about some naan-essence. The others around her do not believe her. Girlie's final, fool proof way of convincing them is to ask the rhetorical question "how many bets"?

Some say, a way of tripping up the first eloquent waxer is to actually answer the question with an odd number. Then they are stumped and you win.

Usage

studmuffin: Did you know that Pecos is closing next week because the guy that runs it was found dead in a bowl of popcorn?
Minkey Chief: What naan-essence, man.
Studmuffin: how many bets?
MC: 5
Sm: ... shit!
Added 2011-07-08 by Rowdy Rangamma

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English

Region

All India
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Phrase. November 21, 2012, Word of the Day
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In India, the missed call has become a communication by itself.

Missed calls can say many things, but most often they mean one of the following things-

1. Call me back
Say I don't have "currency" on my phone, then I give you a missed call, you call me back and I chat. Say I have currency but am a cheap skate or a student (which often means the same thing), I can also partake in missed calling.

2. I am downstairs/ outside, come quick!
Again, I am on my kiney outside or at the end of the road so that your rather protective father does not see.

3. Here is my number. Save it.
Exchanging numbers in India almost always go like this. "Give me your number, ya.... ok I've given you missed call"

Usage

Neelam: Arun just gives me missed calls
Sonali: What a kanjus, ya!
Added 2011-07-07 by Rowdy Rangamma

Root

English

Region

All India

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A cool drink is a drink that is cool and non-alcoholic and most often fizzy. Cool drinks are available in Iyengar bakeries and college canteens. A thumbs up in your mother's fridge would not be called a cool-drink.

Examples of cool drinks include thumbs up, gold spot, torino, bejois and limca. Coca Cola, 7-up, Sprite and Mirinda are often mislabled cool drinks but know that they are actually not.

If a boy asks a girl if she would like a cool drink, it can be assumed that the boy is wanting to put kai. If the girl agrees, it can be assumed that he will succeed. Best way to kadde a boy is to go for cool drinks, make him pay and then leave with friends by auto.

Due to this connection between cool drinks and putting kai, having cool drinks can also be used as a euphemism for the kai putting.

Usage

Appa: (angrily) what Ravi, why were you not in college today?
Ravi: no Appa, I was there.
Appa: Don't lie, Prof. Lakshmipathy told me you were absent. What were you doing, having cool drinks with that Lakshmi again?
Added 2011-07-07 by Rowdy Rangamma

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

gold spot, limca, miranda, torino, thumps up

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cooling
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A girl's school (primary section) word. This is how one girl refers to another girl who's name she does not know.

Usage

girl 1: hey girlie, your ribbon is coming out from your plat.
girl 2: oh, thanks ya.
Added 2011-07-06 by Rowdy Rangamma

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

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shoolay mary
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Based on the hindi word "kharab" meaning bad or spoilt, karrab means just the opposite: fantastic, stupendous, amazing!

Usage

Venu: Dai, did you see Shivaji the Boss?
Babu: Of course! Karrab filam da macha!
Added 2011-07-06 by Rowdy Rangamma

Root

Tamil

Region

Bangalore

Categories

WALTO

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Bombaat, Sakkath
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Fanning is a common Bangalore girls' school phenomenon from the 80s and 90s. It consists of one number junior girl being a fan of one number senior girl. Fanners needed to be loyal to just one fanee where as fanees could have several fans. Fans expressed their intentions by giving gifts and generally stalking the one they "fanned".

This was an acceptable means of release of libido in a single sex, homophobic environment.

Usage

5th std girl- Hey, girlie, I saw you behind the Benthene house captain at break time.
girlie- ya, I have started fanning her.
5th std girl- but yesterday you were fanning the Delima house captain.
girlie- ya, but now I left her, ya.
Added 2011-07-06 by Rowdy Rangamma

Root

English

Region

Bangalore

Categories

School and College

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chums