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A children's 'appy birthday-party staple, right up there with potato chips, iyengar bakery cake and assorted uncle-aunties who chaperone their children.

Children, urged by said mummy-daddies, sit on a line of chairs and pass a parcel (usually some tattered toy or slowly deflating balloon) in random coordination to music from a BPL Sanyo. When the music stops, the kid left holding the parcel is "out" or - worse - made DONKEY and relegated to a few minutes of utter embarrassment. This goes on till one kid remains un-donkeyed and inherits the parcel as the prize!

Usage

Amma: Srikant! Get ready quickly. If we are late, we'll miss the cake-cutting and passing the parcel!
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Used interchangeably with "highly".

Derived from, presumably, the sanskrit word for elephant (gaja). Made gaja popular, however, by students in Indian educational institutions of highest order.

Usage

Sundar: Ai Ranjith, do you think we can get an iPhone 3 for less than 10k da?
Ranjith: What? First hand, unlocked aa? Gaja unlikely I think.

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Suresh: Dai, hero, what are your chances with that new Nalini girl machaan?

Raju: That first year hottie aa? Gaja slim da. She is not even giving me one look.

Added 2012-02-07 by likethiswonly

Root

Sanskrit

Region

All India
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Mundoos

\Said like mongoose with a d.\
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Duffer, idiot, silly billy.

Derived from the root word "mundam" which means "without a head".

Usage

Saraswati: Why are these steel vessols called eversilver, man?

Mohana: Arrey, it never becomes any other colour ya. It is silver all the time. Therefore. Such a mundoos you are.

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Tailor and iron-wala friendly lingo for a saree-blouse. Does not mean a jacket in any western apparel sense of the word (those jackets are just "suits").

It is important for good mamis to always have extra jacket-material (usually 2by2 material cotton material bought at Luz corner) at home because they make excellent take-away gifts when married women and girls of marriageable age (16-21) visit. Nobody uses these jacket pieces, of course. They get recycled to other married women and girls of marriageable age (16-21).

Usage

Radha Mami: Chitra, why don't you wear that red saree that ambujam chitti gave you for that sumangali prarthanai?

Chitra: Amma, please. I have no matching jacket for that saree!

Added 2012-02-06 by likethiswonly

Root

English

Region

Tamil Nadu

Related Terms

ravikai, blouse piece

Besh Besh

\baysh - baysh\
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Exclamation. February 7, 2012, Word of the Day
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TamBrahm equivalent for "Shabash!"

Pattis, athais and assorted mamis have used "besh besh" to exclaim positively on acceptable dress codes, matrimonial choices, monday vridham meals, oiliness of hair, prominence of the beauty spot, pitch of voice, grace in bharathanatyam and other matters of similar utmost importance.

But the phrase was immortalzied in popular culture by the famous Narasu's Kapi ad in the 1980s with Usilamani saying "Besh, Besh Romba Nanna Iriku".

Usage

Mami: Paddu, where are you going dressed like this?
Padmini (dressed in pavada-jacket): Oh, my friend is dancing at the ashtalakshmi kovil in T-Nagar.
Mami: Oh, besh besh! That Lata vaa?
Added 2012-02-05 by likethiswonly

Root

Tamil

Region

TamBrahm Land

Related Terms

A-One, shabash

Terms referencing this

A-One

Appidiye

\App-pee-dee-yay\
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Exclamation. June 20, 2012, Word of the Day
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The word literally means "just like that" but amongst post 2000 high school students in the Chennai Managaram area, it symbolizes a cultural revolution of sorts. Appidiye continues to mean "just like that" but it can also indicate excitement, awe, awareness and/or an all encompassing exclamation entirely unrelated to the root word.

Usage

Traditional Usage

(a) Enna Sar ithu? Appidiye you came, Appidiye you are leaving.
(b) Paaru da, she looks appidiye like Eyeswarya Rai, ille?
(c) ''Mama...notes eduthuko. Appidiye kaiyle snacks eduthuko..''

Pettai Usage:

Ram: Shall we go watch that new Vijay movie in Devi, da?
Shyam: Appidiye!

Added 2012-02-02 by likethiswonly