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Kannadigas are often called Kannadigans and Kannada as 'Kannudi' by our brothers from across the border.

Usage

Kannadiga to Tamil in the bar: "No, I am not from Andhra, I am a Kannadiga."

Tamil: "Oh. aamavaa? So, you are a Kannadigan?",

Kannadiga agrees with a nod and an awkward grin.

The Tamil pauses a few seconds and continues with an expression of disbelief,

" but then, how come you don't talk Tamil at all??"

Added 2012-01-19 by I love Dtool

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Multiple

Categories

Places, People

Definition

Beware of boys getting this popular Hindi cinema epithet.
The phrase is used generally to coyly characterize a boy as a bad boy/of no known good characters.

He is someone not suitable as a bridegroom on his own merits, but can be considered for an alliance looking at the fame or wealth of the parents.

It becomes clearer to you when you contrast this with what a girl is often simply called 'achchi ladki' not 'achche maa baap ki beti' even if they may not vouch for the girl's character.

Is a girl any day better than a boy?
But then, boy needs girl-girl needs boy. I am assuming that even in the LGBT era, MOST girls want to live with boys and boys with girls.,

So, the expression is loaded in favor of girls. It's a gender discrimination. Unjust. Unjust.

Usage

Ram bhai: " Sham bhai, dekho hamari ladki ka divorce ho ke ek saal hui, aur hum naya rishtha dhund rahey hain,....
aur ye jo Gobardhan saab ko aap jan te hi hain, aap kabhi un ke beta Vicky ko dekh ke bhi hongey, ladka kaisa lagtha hain aap ko?"

Sham bhai: "Oh. ladka dekne ko achcha lagta hai. Bachpan se hi us ko dekh raha hun.... aur.... aur..., achche maa baap ka beta hainaa?"

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Hindi

Region

MBM

Definition

Laughter clubs are not limited to South Asia. Substantial numbers of young people participate in them. But older people generally attend more regularly: free time, age related stresses, lack of other displacements/indulgences being among probable reasons.

But those who find it most beneficial and constructive might be those who still have a lot of juice left in them. Again, might be.

It is a quick shortcut de-stressor. Not just in public parks, it is also available on conference calls on telephones in some places. Happens also in some offices in Japan and USA, everyday usually before the daily grind begins.

The technique has no apparent basis in Yoga or other sanatana dharma practices.

Patanjali's Yogasutras and the Geeta several times talk about techniques of overcoming a negative feeling by bringing on an opposite feeling effortfully to overcome yogantarayas (hurdles), a plain displacement technique used in modern psychology. The secular Sankhyas have endorsed such techniques, being a major contributors to Yogasutra development.

Such meditation techniques involve displacing a feelings of anger with muda(pleasantness), of hatred with karuna(kindness) etc. so a scattered mind could be brought back into a state of peace.

Buddhism and Confucianism seem like more probable sources of this cultivar of a de-stressor if you insist on a connection to the ancient. Also, Sufism might have helped.

Hindu culture is well-known to frown upon loud laughter, almost as a vulgar indulgence. Hasya being one of the major rasas, hasn't had a great run, not until the times of Tenali Ramakrishna. And we desis desist LOL except in text messages, online or in parties, that too limiting it with people of same sex and age-group.

Laughter clubs are spreading like well, like how laughter spreads: a bit contagiously.

Also, a lot of phenomena that appear intangible to scientific investigation; like happiness, pain, faith, love, intuition, sleep, sexuality, laughter included are extremely subjective.
Isn't subjectivity the only thing that makes life interesting, ever-new and funny-not-so-funny?

However, subjective these stuff may be, no denying that they are all psychosomatic. Nothing you ever feel could ever be felt without the instrument of body being there. I dunno, what evidence Mildly Racist has had for orgasms she gets if at all, other than experience itself. Try. You may get it. You can never get it without trying.

Humans are condemned to be apes by essential nature and learn a lot by mimicking. Apes and humans historically and currently observably resort to simulation techniques to stimulate certain gratifying mental states, masturbation being a major one of such phenomena.

In laughter clubs, as in most human group activities, inhibition level gets lowered in individual participant's mind, peer behaviour encourages partaking in the shared activity, and then there arrives a moment of discovery especially for those with crippling mental contractions that they can really break out of a mould, break out of a shell. Could there be people who haven't laughed loudly in years?

Usage

Simulating CAN stimulate. Laughter need not be a group activity. You can do it in the privacy of your bathroom or while driving alone. So, you don't need a club to beat you with into laughing. But it helps to be in a group. Isn't group aerobics more rewarding than solo?. Aren't we a herd/social animals?

I attended a laughter club session in Bangalore just once more than 10 years ago. It is rewarding. I love to do it again.

I can laugh at myself, and alone, but it's more like drinking alone, elevating but without any excitement of a party.

Added 2012-01-12 by I love Dtool

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English

Categories

WALTO

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Half.
Usually the term is a prefix.
In the subcontinent and beyond if the term Semi is a stand alone utterance, it means you know what. Semi-crack.

There is an arithmetical paradox here. The paradox makes half more than half. This is how it is:

More than half of all people think that they are not semis. But each of these people who claim not to be semis calls more than half of the rest of humanity as semi. So, the net sum of semis could be anywhere between 50% to 100% making semis not semi.

That leads to this contributor's definition of 'Normal' - as consistency found in looking at the overlap upon overlap of what in isolation would be 'abnormal'.
You look perfectly normal in the stands of the cricket stadium, but once on the bar-stool you are not full no matter what and how much you fill.

Usage

Often to indicate a semi, people have a repertoire of terms like 'ardha', 'aadha', 'paadi'(Tam) 'arey'(Kan) and 'half'.

Which one would you love to be called?

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Multiple

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

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Pythiakara, kirrk, full loose

MBM

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-That nation where anything is possible but nothing works properly.
-That nation where everyone fights everyone but deep inside everyone is your own.
-That nation where co-existence is never boasted of but exists like nowhere on earth.
-That nation where most people have ideas and solutions for all problems of life but very few actually step forward.
-That nation where often emotion and intellect are interchangeable abstracts.
-That nation where a starving man may give away the only piece of bread to another or a filthy-rich man may use PDS religiously.
-That nation where diversity, art, culture, customs, superstition, poverty, wealth, spirituality, materialism, caste, politics, science, terror, corruption, honesty, intolerance, universal love...... all reign supreme and none matters at times.
-The nation whose name itself is not clearly yet settled universally and called variously; India, Bharat, Bharatha, Bharathavarsha, Hindustan, Hind, Aryavartha, any other?
- A country which most outsiders do not understand, not that those inside understand any better.
- A country people world-over have no reason to love but still love it and no reason to hate but still hate it, but all the same, have enormous amounts of curiosity about.
-The only real melting pot of humanity.
-Synonymous with Enigma
-A country I love for it is the greatest 'was-is-will be' in spite of all its troubles.
-Mera Bharat Mahaan.

Usage

Mera Bharat Mahaan. Oh. Mera Bharat Mahaan.
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Hindi

Categories

WALTO
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Definition

Euphemism for Shit, Faeces Helu(Kan), Kukoos, ghoo that runs not only in sewers, the charandis, and dots side walks and the conservancy on the backsides of the rows of houses in many South Asian towns. Source could be human or pet or feral.

A parallel flow(I mean of expression) exists on most South Asian tongues, Kenda(Kan), Angar/ey(Hin) etc. for example.
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Imagine your grandfather took the six-year-old you for a morning walk in the outskirts of your little town.
You, a young curious kid never walk watching where you put your steps, more interested either in the chirping birds on the trees or in the stray dog or a street urchin depositing fresh maal morning morning or simply absorbed in some anything other than the walk.
Your grand father warns you every 10 steps or so about the embers lying on the path right in front of you.
You wonder. You have always trusted grampa. You look around expectantly for the smell and smoke raising from a hot burning coal dreadfully before putting your next step down. No embers!.

Once grampa explains to you what he meant by the word he used, you walk the rest of the way grinning ear to ear admiring grampa's smartness all the way home, and thinking nobody knows like grampa knows.

Nevertheless your reach home repeatedly stepping on those same embers grampa warned you about. Once home, gramma cleans your feet and chappal all the while cursing a stupid grampa for not being careful about the sweetest child on the planet.
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Usage

Bevda staggeres home in the dark of the night. Biwi has learnt to tolerate the stink of daaru, but not YET the stink of embers the bevda drags home smeared to his juta each drunken night.
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Multiple

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MBM

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WALTO

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fuckling
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A Kannada expression having Hindi roots and its meaning is: ditto, exact same, identical, verbatim etc.

Usually the phrase refers to the way a student copies another's answers in a school test or exam - word for word thereby usually getting caught by the evaluating teacher.

The phrase implies that the copy cat doesn't have her own brains or use it if present even a little bit, and blatantly copies this way.

The expression derives thus:
If she finds a fly (makhi, Hin.) on the source answer-sheet at the moment of copying, she will even copy the shape of that fly into her own answer-sheet or drawing in the test.

Makhi has gotten corrupted in Kannada usage as 'makki'

Usage

Raju scored 45% in biology even though, Biju whose answers Raju copied 'makki ka makki' got only 38%, hehehe he.
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Definition

- Gender
- A sacred stone representing Shiva suspended on threads across the chest, worn by Lingayats/Veerasaivas of India.
- Sexual organ.

Usage

Linga Bedha is the Sanskrit word for gender discrimination.
Added 2012-01-09 by I love Dtool

Root

Sanskrit

Region

India

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Noun. January 27, 2012, Word of the Day
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Also, called Ingu(Kan), Asafoetida( Eng), and often referred to as 'Devil's Shit' by Phirangs due to its strong odor, this is a regular condiment, used by way of seasoning in oil usually along with mustard in most vegetable dishes like curry, soup, rasam, sambar, chutney and pickle in India.

Usually Bramhins use it everyday in everything excepting probably in their Coffee and sweetmeat. Meat eating households rarely use this, in preference to Garlic.

Hing is, like most other Indian spices and condiments, an ingredient meant to alleviate certain gastrointestinal conditions and an anti-microbial.

Raw hing if placed in the mouth is a terrific indirect anaphrodisiac. It will terrify and chase your partner away, that's how it works.

When used as seasoning it's odor turns into an unbelievably welcome aroma.

Usage

The 3 strongest olfactory stimuli that you can catch from a thousand feet while walking around in old Bangalore localities are:
a. Iyengar bakery's bread baking aroma. It is instantly appetizing.
b. Local coffee works' roasting and grinding plantation brew coffee seeds. You feel like you have had 5 cups of strong filter coffee, just by inhaling that aroma.
3. Aroma of Hing seasoning around a Brahmin's home. It's like an announcement to all in the family that the meals are ready to be served.
Added 2012-01-09 by I love Dtool

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Multiple

Region

MBM

Categories

Food and Drink

Definition

Actually the phrase is used to express a state of being annoyed or piqued.

The well known Kannadiga usage is "Shirt hurkonthaney" ( He tears his shirt off.) In reality, the speaker is alluding to "thika hurkothaney" ( tears his ass off). It is a way of concealing the profanity of the expression, to be socially more tolerable.

It is very similar to 'freakin' being used for 'fuckin' when situation demands that you behave decently, although you aren't.

Usage

Lo, avangey duDDu vapas keLbeda. Shirt hurkothaney.
(hey don't ask him to return the loan. he will tear his shirt off.)
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