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
Meaning: 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!
Meaning: Trying to say something baseless
Usage: Yaar be-par ki mat udaao, tumhare paas Ferrari kahaan hai?
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!
Meaning: The laughing stock, lallu panju
Usage: Tusshar Kapoor in two words? Lappu Jhanna
Meaning: Someone who’s always loafing about
Usage: Gul Panag is such a ghumakkad. Her tweets are always about travel
Meaning: Drunken banter
Usage: Phata Poster Nikhla Hero landed Shahid a role in Hollywood? Kya chandukhane ki khabar suna rahe ho!
Meaning: Literally, toss someone on the floor, beat them, pick up and repeat
Usage: We’d rather you didn’t use it at all!
Meaning: Really, what are you saying?
Usage: You think Bigg Boss is a ‘reality show’? Ama jao!
Meaning: 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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