The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

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Colloquial term for shorts/cut offs. Typically worn by school boys through the better part of primary/middle school. Official outfit of the RSS. The geometric division in along the length of the attire (top to bottom) and not across the length ( as in assless chaps).

Usage

Ram: Looks like tomorrow's going to be an exceptionally warm day.
Ram's mom: Don't you worry. I have washed your half pant.
Added 2012-04-03 by Northern Southie

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In other parts of the world, we call these "shorts." Half-pants are shorts. The graduation from half-pant to full-pant for most boys in the 6th-7th grade marks the beginning of manhood. However there are some lamboo (thatha) fellows who transcend the half-pant at like age 3.

Usage

I cant tell if he looks like a pure goonda in half pants or a St. Joseph's schoolboy. Well atleast he is not wearing a safari suit.
Added 2011-07-06 by Dindigal