The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

Silly Billy

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Tambram, foreign-(not-yet)-returned, (dubacore) management consultant, (currently) unemployed with 20 Moleskine cachets filled with start-up ideas wondering where the last 20 years of my life went.....bwwahaaa, I want my mommmmy.

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Mooda-nambikai

\moo-dai nam-bi-kai\
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(lit) blind faith

Irrational or superstitious belief usually in miracles, luck (good or bad) by perceiving causation where none exists

Usage

Ramesh: Yenna da?
What?
Mani: karrupu poonai, da...pora kariyam nadakathu.
A black cat...the endeavour will not succeed.
Ramesh: Mooda nambikai...loose mootal
Mani: Nee paru...exam-le app-than.
Wait and see...we are not going to do well in the Examination.
Added 2012-02-28 by Silly Billy

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Related Terms

Andha Vishvas

pop isai

\pop i-sai\
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pop (pronounced pope)

A variant of Sinhalese Baila, Tamil Pop isai (music) songs are characterized by poor production values, amateurish lyrics and score but surprisingly catchy tunes made some of these songs mega hits.

There are many imitations but the original genre was single handedly created in mid-70's/early-80's by A E Manoharan and brought to India from Sri Lanka by Tamil immigrants and asylum seekers. Almost every one in south India would recognize surangani song which is an example of this style of music.

Usage

Ramesh: Pop-isai cassette podu-da.
Mani: Why not.
Added 2012-02-28 by Silly Billy

Root

Sinhalese

Related Terms

pop

Rajni-istyle

\Ra-ji-ne i-sty-le \
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Adverb. May 15, 2013, Word of the Day
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To say that Rajnikanth is a very popular actor in India, amongst its diaspora and in foreign (sic) would be an understatement.

Rajini-istyle refers to mannerisms and swagger unique to him as seen in several movies. Typical examples are - flicking a dum from several inches away and catching it with his mouth (his signature move), reverse-back flip-with-180-turn of his sunglasses as he puts them on, crossing, uncrossing and crossing his legs, 180-turn and furious stare at the camera (usually at a villain), comedy routines such as - kadvu-le, kadvu-le, kadvu-le... etc.

Ham acting by most standards these "istyles" have led to lot of thambis copying his moves and unadulterated adulation, including but not restricted to - huge (professionally organized) fan bases bussed in to watch first-day, first-show, showing aarthi to the screen, throwing ticker-tape equivalent inside the movie theater usually during the opening song, introduction-scene, punch-dialogue or item-number.

Apparently a simple, honest and down-to-earth man in real life, the cult status he has achieved in India (particularly in Tamil Nadu, South India) is incredible and has to be been seen to be believed.

Usage

Ramesh: Machan, thali-var istyle super-da Machan.
(Thali-var - Head, often used sobriquet for Rajini)
Mani: Aman-da.
(Amam - Yes)
Added 2012-02-26 by Silly Billy

Root

Tamil

Region

India

Related Terms

Rajnikanth, Ishtyle

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showing aarthi

\aa-ra-thi\
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See here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarti)

Typically performed only during religious ceremonies, many in India, now show aarthi (sic) to almost anything that they believe is sacred, at the start of any endeavour to brings them luck or joy, specific days of the year, helps them earn a living or when public display of affected venerance is expected or demanded. This is also done to take nazar or drishti away from you, to get rid of any bad-luck that someone jealous has kannu-potu-(fied) on you.

Many Indians show aarthi (sic) to;

- Vehicles (esp) when they have recently purchased it or annually on Ayudha Pooja day, presumably because these help them to travel to earn a living

- Plant and machinery (as in any industrial, farming or factory implement)

- Computers and accounts books

- Cows

- Movie Cameras (during muhurat)

- Over-zealous fans show aarthi to cinema screens (when their hero appears for the first time, party-thondar to posters or cut-outs of political party leaders

- Houses, buildings etc (when breaking ground) and during annual (designated) auspicious days

- Various gods and goddesses

Usage

Ma (Mother): Pundit-ji, zara inko aarthi deka-iya (pointing to the Son).
Purohit (Priest): Lo Beta, Bhagvan ka aishirwad lo.
Beta (Son): No thanks, I'm an atheist...what bhakvas.
(Bhak-vas - nonsense)
Added 2012-02-26 by Silly Billy

Root

Hindi

Region

India

mlitch (bleh)

\clicking sound made with tongue\
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gutteral (clicking) sound to express disproval

Usage

Babu: (mlitch) adi kadu ra, nu wrong.
It's not that, you are wrong.
Prakasham: Aiyo, OK nu seriga cheppu.
OK, tell me (what's) correct
Added 2012-02-25 by Silly Billy

Root

Telugu

Region

South India

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WALTO
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Invitation or statement to visit bakery or tea-shop to share dum (cigarette) and tea (or coffee). Occasionaly, when one has just received pocket money this may be accompanied by bread-omlette or biscooth.

Usage

Ramesh: Dum-tea?
Mani: Ok-da.
Added 2012-02-25 by Silly Billy

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

Tea, Dum
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Also egg ticket

In College hostels, students use ET's as cash-free currency for egg items in their mess.

Egg tokens are typically sold in booklets of several perforated stamp-sized tokens ususally in pale-yellow, -blue, -green colour with red or black stamped numbers/dates and some other identifier (to prevent forgery).

Said booklets are purchased with pocket-money or paid for by parents in the hope that children would get suplemental nutrition on top of mess food.

Students are expected to hide these booklets in their rooms and carefully tear out 1 or 2 of these per meal to be exchanged with mess boy in return for alf-oild or omlette.

(The cleverer ones simply bribe or blackmail mess-boys to serve them eggs for free or have these secreted and served late or direct to their rooms, for free)

Egg-tokens are seen as signs of affluence when they are freely given away to close-friends. Others connive to sit next to someone who would share when asked nicely.

Usage

Ramesh: Machan, lend me 2 egg-tokens da, I'll give it back tomorrow.
Mani: Fuk off da, you still owe me from last time.
Added 2012-02-25 by Silly Billy

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

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sly aamlate

Definition

Colleges (time spent in), depending on the degree or course you are studying last 3 to 4 years of full-time study for most Arts, Commerce or Engineering disiplines; Medical courses takes longer.

Each year is typically divided into 2 semesters and for degrees in Engineering, students take mandatoriarly prescribed courses for the first three years (although now-a-days, some flexiablity is possible). There is some choice in the final year and typically also needs a thesies (or dessertation) for completing credits required to graduate.

Arrears are exams in subjects (or papers) that you have flunked in any semester, that you need to re-take in the following term. The worst kind are when you flunk or have arrears past 8th semester, which requires you to make humilating trips back to college to re-sit exams with your juniors.

Seniors who are Oors sometimes stay and study with their juniors, although more commonly, they rent mansion nearby and eat in outside mess.

Usage

Ramesh: Machan, I got aap-adchified and flunked in SoM da.
Mani: Arrears-a, no worry da, half the class flunked as well.

SoM - Strength of Materials

Added 2012-02-25 by Silly Billy

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

Related Terms

SSLC failed, Duffer
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Noun. February 26, 2012, Word of the Day
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Style of hair cut very popular in 70's and 80's among aspirational young South Indian males. Rajni, Kamal and several other actors sported this look. Its not quite the mullet but close-enough with the principal discernible feature being the requirement to be able to comb hair over your ears merging side-burns with hair running down the back of your head.

Usage

Ramesh: Inthu poster-le Rajni-oda step-cut super-a irruku-illa?
(Rajni's step-cut in this poster looks nice, no?)
Mani: Amam da.
(Yes)

Irruku-illa?
It is, isn't it.

Added 2012-02-25 by Silly Billy

Root

English

Region

South India

Related Terms

bob cut
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Style of dressing preferred by Jitender (in 70's and 80's); where the colour of the shirt, belt, trousers and shoes are all the same - usually white.

Also, the style of clothes inflicted on all members of the family by cheap parents who by 'cloth-by-the-meter' and 'get-it-stiched' resulting in cringe-inducing family photographs (many in black-and-white).

Note bespoke tailoring is not expensive in India and was preferred until the 90's when branded clothes became more popular.

Remember 'Only Vimal'?

Even now, mothers fondly ask foreign-returned sons buying Peter England shirts, "matching trouser?"

Note: As far as I am aware, there is no international brand called 'Peter England' but that does not seem to deter sales!

Also used by mothers to ask their daughters or daughter-in-law, "Saree-ke matching blouse?" (although in some instances, it may sometimes mean contrasting colour, rather then same colour)

Usage

Amma: Matching blouse?
Shop Assistant 1: Indhu pakkam Madam.
Shop Assistant 2: yenna-range?
Added 2012-02-24 by Silly Billy

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Related Terms

Safari Suit