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Su Lee

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Imperceptible, laggardly, lethargic, apathetic, reluctant move made to retrieve wallet from back-pocket when the bill arrives at the table, when tickets have to be purchased for the group, or when you're out with friends and the brats begin clamoring for ice-creams.

Usage

At the ticket counter:
Ticket-clerk: 20 balcony aa? 3000 kodi.
Pappu: Er... um.... (glances round at the group and begins interminable movement of hand towards back-pocket)
Mappu: (leaps forward with the cash) : Thago, kanno
Gappu (aside) Slow draw, machaaaa.
Added 2012-03-14 by Su Lee
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Exhortation to general public to witness the injustice of things.

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Ramu: Went to Joseph's for admission form, da.
Shamu: Mattu?
Ramu: Sumne waste, kanno. Science cut-off 98, ante, see the fun.
Added 2012-03-06 by Su Lee

Bread and butter

\breddanbutta\
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Someone who's included as a token. Not a real player.

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Ramu: Ayyo that pest yaar, Shamu's kid brother, if we don't let him play he'll run screaming to his mummy.
Shamu (shamefacedly): Guys let him be only breddanbutta.
Added 2012-01-27 by Su Lee

Bon voyage

\bonevoyeaje\
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Friendly farewell greeting, also used to display one's easy familiarity with foreign terms like kewseen, kuffay, enroot.

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All ma bags a' packed, Ah'm ready ter go, Taxi's waitin' outside the door - and your next door neighbours and their dog emerge and mill around shouting, " Don't worry, we'll pay your light-bill and water bill and keep an eye on your house. Happy Journey, Happy Bonevoyeaje!"
Added 2012-01-25 by Su Lee

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Multiple

Region

All India
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Euphemism for "ball" curry - Meatball curry - a staple in many Anglo-Indian homes, usually served for Sunday lunch, accompanied by coconut rice, doll (lentils). Dessert is invariably caramel custard. The table is set with rose-pattern china (giving off the faint whiff of egg), spoon and fork and knife and "steel tumblers" (glasses for water).

Usage

Cheryl: Ma, whachamakin for lunch tomorrer? Uncle 'Arry and Auntie Bernie are comin'

Ma: Sunday lunch chile. Badwordcurry and coconut rice. Make off some of your kul-kuls, my girl. Auntie Bernie loves them.

Added 2011-10-23 by Su Lee

pillsaan

\pillsaan (nasal ending)\
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Any oral medication in tablet form.

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Rafique: Arre Shafique, tumhara woh sar-dard theek ho gaya kaise, ra?
Shafique: Vohich, ra, maii woh Seppings Roadaan daktar ke paas se kuch pillsaan li.
Rafique: Aisa kya?
Added 2011-10-01 by Su Lee

broast chicken

\broschikken, bross\
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For Gelf-returnees, it's a familiar sight. A glass-fronted cabinet containing revolving rods on which virulently orange chickens (dead) with their knees up, slathered in oil, are skewered above a leaping flame. You can ask for a half or a full. The chef retrieves one of the corpses and draws and quarters it and stuffs it into a foil bag and proceeds to throw in slices of lime and onion teeming with e-coli, which are miraculously neutralized by the Agent Orange coating the fowl.

Usage

Raj: Boss, ondu bross
Shaj: Fullaaraaaf?
Raj: Full kodi, solpa yextra salad aaki. (Give me a full, and lay on some extra salad)
Shaj: (yells in the direction of the chef) Eda, oru full ivade. (You, one full here)
Added 2011-09-09 by Su Lee

KGF

\Kaygiff\
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Small town in Karnataka, famous for its gold mines and dance halls, erstwhile centre of the universe for our Anglo-Indian friends. Other South Indian nerve centres are Betrigunta, Vannarpet (now renamed Austin Town) and Lingarajpuram in Bangalore, and Kotagiri.

Usage

Darrel: What a bloomin' surprise! Where you been all these days?
Cheryl: Went off to see my gran in Kaygiff, chile.
Added 2011-09-01 by Su Lee

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Karnataka

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Lavelle Road
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Jute bag that's carried along to Russell Market, or Moore Road Market or the slaughter-house. Usually bears the name of a well-known agarbathi brand emblazoned on the front.

Usage

Darrell: Going to Shivajinagar, ma. You want something from Russell Market?
Ma: Bless you, chile, half-kg mutton and quarter kg bones. 'Ere, better take a gunny pye.
Darrell: Ma, cheee, 'oos going to carry that dirty bloomin' pye! Shop-man will give plastic packet.
Added 2011-09-01 by Su Lee
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Several people travelling to the same destination, or points along the route, can avail of a Share Taxi. The driver decides who pays what.

Usage

Geeta: Couldn't get tickets to Mysore, kanno.
Seeta: Ok, let's try share taxi.
Added 2011-08-29 by Su Lee

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Transportation

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