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When one grows up reading Enid Blytons from age 9 in a Kannada-Tamil multilingual multiconfusing environment, there is much delight to be taken in using the hundreds of locaaaal words and non-words that are floating around!

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This special word actually portrays the action of giving someone a dressing down or scolding someone. There is no need to mention the actual noun implied at all. Needless to say, it is a direct translation of the word in multiple Indian languages. It takes the forms 'give' and 'gave'.

Usage

Mahima: "What??? How dare that Gowri try to steal your earrings! Thank god you saw it no? Just give her nicely tomorrow!!"

Preeti: "Correct only! Already I gave her properly for using my chappals once and now this! It's so hard to trust anyone these days I tell you."

Added 2011-07-08 by Shutup your mouth

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Multiple

Related Terms

haath giver
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Exclamation. August 25, 2011, Word of the Day
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This famous exclamation comes from Tamil and is the verbal manifestation of a gasp. It is extensively used in moments of shock, surprise and sometimes admiration. It is slipped with ease into colloquial English as well and is universally understood in South India.

Usage

Example 1.
Vijay: What's up da?? How was the interview yesterday?
Karthik: I got the job da! And the pay is pretty good too; 8 Lakhs per annum.
Vijay: Ushoo yes-aa?? Awesome buggar, we need to celebrate!


Example 2.
Manju: Hey you know that girl Ankita in my class? She is getting married to some firang next month!
Neha: Ushoo!! Really?? I would have never imagined..she looks so paavum!
Manju: I know! And apparently he proposed with a damn sexy ring. Sounds like some super hep fellow.


Added 2011-07-08 by Shutup your mouth

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Terms referencing this

oosht, Bombat, wondear na?, yappa, abbha, DMT
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The omnipresent little sticker on the cream-coloured plastic door of every self-respecting Shanti Sagar, Ravi Sagar and every other Sagar and Darshini in the country. Usually, the sticker has a picture of a hand on it, which disturbingly enough, doesn't look very clean. The hardest part though is finding the area. You'll usually go past the kitchen and several storage rooms before you reach it.
Beware, if you do not want to waste precious moments figuring out where to rinse your hands before you dig into your meal, use this term or else the following could happen to you!

Usage

Woman: Waiter, where is the restroom here?
Waiter: What madam? You want to rest? We have hotel also, next building. A/C non A/C room, attached toilet, very nice madam. Double room for you and your husbend. Where he is?
Woman: No no, I mean the bathroom. Where is the bathroom here?
Waiter: Oh saary madam, here no bathroom. Maintenance too much problem. But Indian toilet is there on fust floor.
(Silence)
Woman: I just need to wash my hands!
Waiter (Sudden revelation): Oh handwash aa?? Say like that no madam. There wonly, just you go straight and behind that green curtain.
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The fate of this word in India in unfortunate. Without any accompaniments, 'it means to show skin in an indecent way'. Per se.
It is what scandals and gossip are made of. Sleeveless outfits, skirts, three-fourth pants: all of them qualify for this label.

Usage

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Uncle Raman to wife (throwing the newspaper's movie section across the table in anger): See this Savita! Look at these actresses. Wonly exposing! And our Rekha and Ashok are watching these movies? In theater that too?? Thuh! Our culture is going to daags!!


2. Kavitha Aunty to daughter: Reema, I don't want you to be friends with that girl. I don't know what family she comes from! Only sleeveless dress and half pant. Why she likes to expose so much? God only knows paah. So indecent! Tomorrow when you have to get married everyone will see you both together and get bad impression.

Added 2011-07-08 by Shutup your mouth

Root

English

Region

All India

800

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The affectionate term for the Maruti 800s that were a rage once upon a time. Still probably the most common car to spot. Long-lasting but not the most sleek vehicle to look at. Usually, the persons occupying the driver's seat are elderly people or young just-got-my-license-magas who are borrowing their parents' cars.

Usage

18 year-old college fellow takes his dau to Taj Residency (for one cup coffee) in his father's 20 year-old Maruti 800 and parks in the parking lot.

Ultra-sophisticated Parking Manager (with a polite cough): Sir, the 800s go in the back.

Added 2011-07-08 by Shutup your mouth

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All India

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amby
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In English, when the word 'homely' is used to describe a person it implies being unattractive or not particularly good-looking.
In India, it takes on a whole new meaning! It usually refers to a girl who is demure and maternal. It means that she puts tending to the needs of the home above all else. It is most often used when describing a prospective daughter-in-law while on bride-hunting expeditions.

Usage

2 mothers discussing a prospective wife for one of their sons:

Mother 1: So Ranjini, what did you think of Nalini?? Did Rohan like her?

Mother 2 (nodding vigorously): There is something very nice about her - very sweet, very homely.
(Taking a sip of her coffee)
It's better to have someone like that only, instead of a girl who wants to run off to work at 8 every morning, no??

Added 2011-07-08 by Shutup your mouth

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WALTO
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Term used to refer to someone who is trying to be a smart ass or a wise-aleck. Usually this term claims a distinguished position in every Indian teacher's list of adjectives employed when angry with one or more students.

Usage

Furious teacher to Avinash: What men??? Why you are not listening? Do I look like a fool standing here and barking at your stupid faces just for nothing??

Avinash: I don't know ma'am. I have a mirror, you want to see?
(Giggles are heard in the classroom)

Teacher (grinding teeth): Shutup your mouth!! Don't act oversmart I say!!!

Added 2011-07-07 by Shutup your mouth

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO

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kissi-beda
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Term used in more than one way:
1. A guy thing - way of saying buddy or dude when amongst friends. Used in a similar manner as maga, macha, yaar. Only used amongst guys and usually adopts the second person form.

2. When middle aged or elderly men use it, it's in extreme anger or rage. It is a more 'decent' substitute for words like 'bastard' for instance, especially if the daughters are around.

Usage

1. Avinash: What's up man?! Too much attitude these days after getting that big job aa?
Pradeep: Hey no buggar, just been really busy..my boss is always eating my head so I can't leave at 6 pm anymore.


2. Father in a rage after seeing big dent on his brand new car. The garland that was on the windshield is on the ground as well.
Which bloody buggar did this to my car?? Bloody rascal!!!!!

Added 2011-07-07 by Shutup your mouth

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

maga, mcaha, yaar

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Hindooboy
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Term that is used to talk about one's exam results when he or she just about makes it past the sacred 35% required to pass. In fact, it is used as a noun, like a grade itself.

Usage

Typical scene after 10th or 12th board exams.

Sheela aunty AKA Nosy Parker: Eyy Kamala, howarrr you?? Checked board results? My daughter got only 79 percent! (Fake distress). What your son got - first class aa??

Kamala aunty: No yaa Sheela. He got only just pass.

Sheela aunty: Wonly just pass?? After so much tuitions that too??

Added 2011-07-07 by Shutup your mouth

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

Related Terms

ICSE, IIT, SSLC, PUC

Terms referencing this

grace marks
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Exclamation.
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The South Indian equivalent of 'Yeah right!!'. If you say something that is hard to believe or sounds ridiculous, you'll hear the Tamil word Aama (meaning 'yes' ) stretched and used this way - Aaaama. It is usually said in a flat tone and followed by a sarcastic statement.

Usage

Divya: Ayyo we're going to reach late man. I don't think we'll get tickets either..

Aparna: Will you just chill!!! We'll definitely get them.

Divya: Aaaama. Our thatha will be waiting for us with tickets on a golden platter no!

Added 2011-07-07 by Shutup your mouth

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Terms referencing this

Ammee, shok aa kiriya, shata