Street lingo: picked from the bylanes of Uttar Pradesh

Over the years, you may have picked up the odd Punjabi phrase or stuff Marathi aunties say. You even know a few Tamil swear words. Here's more to expand your vocabulary.

Bail Hai Saala
He’s a fool
Usage: I tried to explain feminism to that old guy at work, but he just wouldn’t get it! Bail hai saala!

Be-par ki udaana
Trying to say something baseless
Usage: Yaar be-par ki mat udaao, tumhare paas Ferrari kahaan hai?, lappad
Usage: Ek kantaap marenge, seedhe ho jaoge

Meaning: Rogue, ruffian – essentially, Anil Kapoor in Ram Lakhan
Usage: Woh lafantar humare ghar ka damaad kabhi nahi bann sakta! jhanna

Meaning: The laughing stock, lallu panju
Usage: Tusshar Kapoor in two words? Lappu Jhanna

Someone who’s always loafing about
Usage: Gul Panag is such a ghumakkad. Her tweets are always about travel ki khabar
Meaning: Drunken banter
Usage: Phata Poster Nikhla Hero landed Shahid a role in Hollywood? Kya chandukhane ki khabar suna rahe ho!

Gira gira ke maarenge
Literally, toss someone on the floor, beat them, pick up and repeat We’d rather you didn’t use it at all!

Ama Jao
Really, what are you saying?
Usage: You think Bigg Boss is a ‘reality show’? Ama jao!

Senseless talk
Usage: You’re interviewing Mallika Sherawat? Try and get some substance out of all her baqaiti!



From HT Brunch, December 8

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