Friday, December 30, 2005


Meaning: Fear of failure.
Usage: Everytime I gave the Machine Drawing test, I used to have seizures of flunkophobia.
Pronunciation: Flunk-ko-phobia.
Root: To flunk is to fail.
Note: Kakorrhaphiophobia is the current word for fear of failure. I find it a mouthful. Hence my coinage.

Thursday, December 29, 2005


Meaning : a collective noun for a group of fillains who are felled by a single blow from the hero
Usage : A punch of fillains usually wait and watch without attacking while the hero handles other punches.
Pronunciation : same as punch
Root : punch + bunch


Meaning : a love story that is so badly written that its a laugh riot
Usage : Most SRK pyarodies make me roll with laughter.
Pronunciation : Pyar+o+dee
Root : Pyar + parody

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Baulks Office

Meaning: A measure of the loss making ability of a film.
Usage: Kevin Costner's 'Waterworld' should make it to the Baulks Office hall of fame.
Pronunciation: Homonym of Box Office. So can only be used in a written form.
Root: To baulk is to thwart.


Meaning: An award that that sucks.
Usage: The Filmfare Award is India's ultimate suckolade. Because it unfailingly celebrates the most mediocre flicks of the year.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with accolade.
Root: Obvious.


Meaning: Sleazy song sequences.
Usage: The winning formula in Bollywood is a little story liberally interspersed with some titrahaar.
Pronunciation: Tit-ra-haar.
Root: Titilating Chitrahaar (a popular song and dance show in India's National television).
Related coinage: Shitrahaar = Banal song sequences shot primarily to act as a 45 minute filler.


Meaning : the systematic study of old(er) film stars
Usage : Starchaeology students tend to be fine actors. Many fail and become mere imitations.
Pronunciation : star+key+ology
Root : star + archaeology


Meaning: the act of walking/running around a tree
Usage : Circumambulatree chases were probably invented to make it easy for those actors who sucked at dancing.
Pronunciation: circumambulate + tree
Root : same as pronunciation

Character Assasination

Meaning: Editing out an entire character from a movie after the movie has been shot.
Usage: It is rumoured that directors dangle the threat of character assassination if minor actors don't sleep with them.
Prounciation: Obvious.
Note: Existing phrase. Context is new.


Meaning: A person who is so madly obsessed with a movie, that he watches it over and over again.
Usage: MF Hussain is a celebrity stalkie. He watched 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun' for over 15 times.
Pronunciation: Stocky.
Root: Stalk a talkie.
Inspiration: Avinash's coinage: Stalkies - movies that refuse to go away.


Meaning: A film about three characters in a love triangle.
Usage: Bollywood is a factory that churns out triopics by the dozens.
Pronunciation: Try-o-pick.
Root: Trio (three people united by a common bond) + Pic.

Dhobi Film

Meaning: A C-grade movie made for the sake of money laundering.
Usage: They say India makes close to 800 movies a year. My guess is at least hundred of these are dhobi films.
Pronunciation: Though-bee-film.
Root: Dhobi is the Hindi word for a launderer.


Meaning: A pompous title bestowed on a star by sycophants who call themselves fans. A very common practice in Kollywood. Strangely, the star has no qualms using this silly title as a prefix for his or her name.
Usage: Rajnikanth's egonym is Super Star. Sarath Kumar's is Supreme Star. While Ajith's is Ultimate Star.
Pronunciation: Eego-nym.
Root: Nym in latin means name. Egonym is an ego boosting name.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Meaning: A scene where the hero comes shirtless to show off his abs.
Usage: Salman Khan is famous for abscenes.
Pronunciation: Ab-seen
Root: Obscene
Derivative: Abscenity

Drip tease

Meaning: Titillating scenes in Indian movies where a female actor wearing thin clothing, usually a white chiffon sari, gets wet wet wet in the rain.
Usage: Mandakini surfaced to fame with the drip tease in Ram Teri Ganga Maili.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Root: Strip tease

Aruval Westerns

Meaning: A sub-genre of Tamil action films usually featuring an angry young man who has a penchant for slicing and dicing opponents with a humble aruval.
Usage: The Vikram movie Sami spawned a spate of Aruval Westerns.
Pronunciation: Aroo-vaal-westerns.
Root: An aruval is a long curved knife popular in rural & suburban Tamil Nadu.


Meaning : A measure of how wet an actress can be without affecting her dance steps, measured in buckets
Usage : Tuxom actresses should account for the water retention of the padding when calculating their damplitude
Pronunciation : d + amplitude
Root : damp + amplitude


Meaning: The voice of the main character
Usage : Throatagonists are essential for the success of feature-length animations.
Pronunciation : rhymes with protagonist
Root : Throat + protagonist - prot

Monday, December 26, 2005


Meaning: Heros who would do anything, (and I mean anything!), for their mothers.
Usage: I just love the way Dharmender, the maatyr bleats 'Maa!'
Pronunciation: Ma-a-tyr
Root: Obvious


Meaning : an overly lengthy movie
Usage : Peter Jackson is making one clockbuster after another. Good for him they are also blockbusters.
Pronunciation : just like blockbuster
Root : Clock + blockbuster


Meaning: gelatin induced melodramas
Usage : Some actresses who excel in gelodrama have found work in the megaserial world
Pronunciation : jelo + drama
Root : Gelatin + melodrama


Meaning: written work devoted to star divorces
Usage : The Brad-Jen spliterature ate up quite a few rain forests.
Pronunciation: sounds like literature
Root : Split + literature


Meaning: impression created by skimpily attired starlets
Usage : In bollywood,as in real life, the first skimpression is often the best.
Pronunciation : sk+impression
Root : skimp + impression
Note : i did find another skimpression in pseudodictionary. but it doesn't mean the same thing. so if anyone's against it, i'll take it out.

Foreground Score

Meaning: Outrageously dramatic music punched into a scene to inject some life into it.
Usage: Bollywood movies of the yesteryears used to have screeching foreground scores during the climax.
Pronunciation: Four-ground-score.
Root: Opposite of background score.


Meaning: An eyecandy star who does an item song.
Usage: Aishwarya Rai was the main eyetem in Bunty Aur Babli.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with Item.
Root: Obvious.


Meaning: A character who vanishes from the movie after one scene. No one knows what happened to him or her.
Usage: An average Hindi movie will have at least ten cheeriotypes.
Pronunciation: Chee-rio-type.
Root: Cheerio (bidding goodbye) + Stereotype.


Meaning: The sidekicks of the villain who appear on the screen for a fleeting interval only to get bashed up by the hero.
Usage: Rajnikant singlehandedly pulverised 70 fillains in one movie.
Pronunciation: Fill-lens.
Root: Filler + Villains.


Meaning: Unbelievably oversized breasts sported by actresses in South India to win mass approval. Usually achieved by tucking in some padding.
Usage: A tuxom Ramba can give Pamela Anderson a run for her money.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with buxom.
Root: From tuck some.


Meaning: a scandal with a khan in it
Usage : A skhandal was the root cause of hair implants getting national coverage.
Pronunciation: s + khan + dal
Root : obvious?


Meaning: One who steals content from Hollywood.
Usage: Vikram Bhatt is a serial Hollyhood.
Pronunciation: Haw-lee-hood.
Root: Holly (as in hollywood) + Hood (as in thug)
Note: Hollyhood is not a newly invented word. It shows up when you google. So I don't claim it's a fresh coinage. What is fresh is the definition.
Related coinages: Bollyhood, Kollyhood & Tollyhood.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Casting Ouch

Meaning: A sting operation to expose people exploiting wannabe stars
Usage: Shakti Kapoor was a victim of the Casting Ouch
Pron: obv
Root: casting couch + ouch

Snooteus Maximus

Meaning: An extremely snobbish person.
Usage: I know of at least one snooteus maximus who wears Gucci bathroom slippers.
Pronunciation: Snooty-yes-maxim-mus.
Root: From Gluteus Maximus.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Kang Bang

Meaning: A whipping from Australia.
Usage: The Proteas are all set for their Kang Bang, this year.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Root: Kang (Kangaroos) + Gang Bang.


Meaning: A ball that keeps exceedingly low.
Usage: Kumble extracted many downcers in that minefield of a pitch.
Pronunciation: Down-sir.
Root: A bouncer is one that pitches and moves over the head. A downcer is one that pitches and moves below the feet.


Meaning: The unit of measure of chucking.
Usage: 15 degrees bentigrade is an acceptable level of chucking in world cricket, today.
Pronunciation: Bent-tea-grade.
Root: From centigrade.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Maidan Ambedkars

Meaning: Fielders who prefer to point fingers in the direction of the ball rather than help their hapless colleagues in stopping the flying red cherry.
Usage: Before the advent of the Yuvrajs and Kaifs, the Indian team was full of Maidan Ambedkars.
Pronunciation: My-daan Am-bade-kar.
Root: Maidan is ground in Hindi. The Ambedkar reference is to the ubiquitous finger pointing statue that one finds in every chawl in India.


Meaning: A seemingly threatening pacer who can't move the ball for nuts.
Usage: Avishkar Salvi was touted as a Mcgrath. I think he's more of a seemster.
Pronunciation: Same as seamster.
Root: Seem + Seamster.


Meaning: A batsman who plays rash shots a little too often.
Usage: You can't keep a shot-tempered batsman quiet, for too long.
Pronunciation: Homonym of short-tempered.
Root: Doesn't need an explanation.

Devil's Over

Meaning: An over in which a bowler concedes six sixers of six consecutive deliveries.
Usage: Tilak Raj is still remembered only because of his devil's over.
Prounciation: Obvious.
Root: 666 is the number of the devil.


Meaning: The wierdos in the audience who paint their faces, wear hideous wigs, pierce their tongues and sport funny masks just to attract the attention of the television cameras during a cricket match.
Usage: Streakers make a telegenic oddience.
Pronunciation: Homonym of audience.
Root: Odd + audience.
Admission: This word is applicable to any sport. Not necessarily cricket.


Meaning: Rescuing an ailing team by launching an all out attack.
Usage: Pakistan was in shambles till Afridi resorted to some much needed kheematherapy.
Pronunciation: Keyma-therapy.
Root: Kheema (mincemeat) + therapy. A play on chemotherapy.


Meaning: A pathetic attempt at scoring a maximum.
Usage: Ganguly danced down the track and managed to scoop a sickser.
Pronunciation: Homonym of sixer.
Root: Sick + sixer.

Blind Ally

Meaning: A batsman who gets his partner out due to his blunder.
Usage: He was run out because of his blind ally.
Root: Blind alley


Meaning: guessing game over who really got Saurav out of the team (Chappel? Pawar? More? Dravid?)
Usage: who bowled the ugly googly that got rid of the guy from Hoogly? It's all a big game of whogly!
Pron: hoo-gly
Root: see usage!

Turd Umpire

Meaning: Third umpire who makes a shitty decision :-)
Usage: How could he give Sachin out even after seeing a replay? He's a real turd umpire!
Pron: Obv.
Root: Turd/ third umpire


Meaning: ennui that envelos spectators when the scoreboard doesn't move
Usage: Test cricket was dying of scoreboredom before Australia brought some zing back into it.
Pron: obv.
Root: scoreboard + bored

Gaali cricket

Meaning: a sledge- filled match
Usage: Aus & SA are playing gaali cricket, and it's just not cricket!
Pron: obv.
Root: Gaali (Hindi for abuse), gully cricket (street version of the game, where emotions are usually given free rein)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Starmy Army

Meaning: Fans with fickle patriotism who support their team only when their star is playing.
Usage: India can do without the support of Ganguly's starmy army.
Prounciation: Star-me-ar-me.
Root: Derived from Barmy Army (the now legendary english cricket supporters).


Meaning: The strokes played, deliveries bowled and catches taken with an imaginary bat and ball.
Usage: I can match Tendulkar in aerocricket.
Pronunciation: Ayro-cricket.
Root: Aero (greek for air) + cricket.


Meaning: A cricket center with a spoilt reputation.
Usage: Eden Gardens might become a Sourjah soon, for all the wrong reasons.
Pronunciation: Saar-ja
Root: From Sharjah, a thriving cricket center that lost its sheen when the world discovered unbriddled bookie activity.


Meaning: The practice of axing old school players when they don't fit into the new scheme of things.
Usage: Zaheer Khan took a bucketload of wickets in domestic cricket, yet he was choppelled for possessing the 'wrong attitude'.
Pronunciation: Chop-peld
Root: Chop + Chappell (the Indian coach who gave this policy a respectable name).

Fest Cricket

Meaning: The benefit matches circuit that is not given official status.
Usage: Fest cricket is a nice way to extend the product life cycle of test discards.
Prounciation: Obvious.
Root: Festival Cricket.


Meaning: An unplayable delivery from a spinner.
Usage: The Feroz Shah Kotla pitch is such that even Mahendra Singh Dhoni can bowl noosras if he rolls his hand over.
Pronunciation: Noose-ra
Root: Noose + Doosra.


Meaning: A Siddhuism that falls flat.
Usage: 'He looks like a brooding hen over a China egg' is a good example of a Skiddhuism.
Pronunciation: Skid-do-ism.
Root: Skid (to slip and fall) + Siddhuism.


Meaning: The jibber jabber of the wicket keeper to boost the bowler's morale.
Usage: Every keeper has a unique moangia. Moin Khan's was Shabhash Saki!
Pronunciation: Moan-gear
Root: From Nayan Mongia, who used to go Aiga everytime any bowler bowled, any rubbish.

Jewel Box

Meaning: A dignified euphemism for the groin guard.
Usage: Sachin Tendulkar has this disconcerting habit of adjusting his jewel box in full public view.
Pronunciation: Joule-Box
Root: The box that holds the family jewels.


Meaning: A batsman who scores runs at a very fast pace.
Usage: Virendra Sehwag has been a quicketer ever since he learned to hold his bat.
Pronunciation: Kwik-ket-err.
Root: Quick + Cricketer.


Meaning: An insipid cricket commentator with a matter-of-fact approach.
Usage: Watching cricket in DD Sports is so fucking boring. One has to listen to inanities from all kinds of Stoicotts.
Pronunciation: Stoy-cots.
Root: Stoic + Boycott.


Meaning: Using defence as a form of attack in a cricket match.
Usage: A gritty offslaught from Mubarak can save the day for Sri Lanka.
Pronunciation: Off-slot.
Root: From onslaught.
Note: A google search reveals that this word already exists. But my take is this word has never been defined in a cricketing context.


Meaning: An overhyped prodigy cricketer who never made it.
Usage: Laxmi Ratan Shukla & Parthiv Patel are some examples of Ninedulkars.
Pronunciation: 9-dhul-kar.
Root: Need I say it?

Elbee Dubya

Meaning: An umpire who makes dumb errors while taking lbw decisions.
Usage: After the Tendulkar verdict, I think Nadeem Ghauri deserves the Elbee Dubya tag.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Root: Even more obvious.

Open theme: Cricket

Taking my earlier idea forward: all wordminters are welcome to add words on the theme of cricket (safest common-interest options I could think of) below. Open till Saturday. Anantha may, if he wishes, announce the winner on Sunday.

My two bits (literally):

Meaning: Cricketer past his prime who still creaks along in the team
Usage: I wonder why some creaketers remain in the team past their prime- like Kapil once did or (dare I say it?) Tendlya now does
Pronunciation: obvious
Root: Creak + cricketer

Meaning: Player who makes it to the field as a sub mainly for his fielding skills
Usage: Jonty would make it as 12th man on most world teams due to his value as a swoopersub
Pro: ob.
Root: Swoop + Supersub

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Meaning: A person who is totally sold on the idea of drinking urine.
Usage: Morarji Desai was the posterboy for peetotallers.
Pronunciation: Pee+total+err
Root: Pee + Totaller.


Meaning: A forum hijacked to air one's impolitically correct views.
Usage: Leather fashion shows are popular pseudopodiums for PETA activists.
Pronunciation: Sudo-po-dee-yum.
Root: Pseudopodium is an already existing biological appelation. I've re-interpreted the same as pseudo (false) + podium (platform).


Meaning: Wild guesser.
Usage: A forecaster is one who says the Sensex might touch 9000 tomorrow. A guessperado is one who says the Sensex will kiss 9075 tomorrow.
Pronunciation: Guess-pa-raado.
Root: Desperado.

Friday, December 16, 2005


Meaning: Caught in a quagmire of unsolveable problems.
Usage: When you're biharried, nothing ever works for you.
Pronunciation: Be-harried.
Root: Bihar (A great Indian metaphor for an irredeemable problem) + Harried.


Meaning: A monetary inducement made with the intention of capturing the corrupt side of a public figure, on camera.
Usage: Anirudha Bahal has made a career out of doling out tellybribes.
Pronunciation: Telly-bribe.
Root: The Tehelka & Cobra Post Sting operations.


Meaning: A person who wears skimpy outfits to grab eyeballs.
Usage: JLo is no longer the skimpressionist, she used to be.
Pronunciation: Skim-pray-shunist.
Root: Skimpy + Impressionist.


Meaning: An aircraft used as an aerial explosive.
Usage: The 9/11 episode was a demonstration of the devastating impact of skynamites.
Pronunciation: Sky-mum-might.
Root: Sky + Dynamite.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Pottering around...

Meaning: Journalist who makes aliving by endlessly rehashing Harry potter stories
Root: Re + Potter, reporter

Meaning: sub species of above who spreads rumours that the Potter series will end with his (Potter's, not the reporter's) death.
Root: RIP (rest in peace) + Potter

Meaning: Adding sensory appeal (masala in local lingo) to make something more, well, appealing
Root: Hermione/ mayonnaise
Reference: Casting of a very visually appealing actress for the role of Hermione in the Potter movies (who came across as the studious type in the books)

The money series

Meaning: wealth which causes discord (between friends/ relatives)
(there are those who may consider all money as acrimoney!)

Root: Acrimony + Money

Meaning: Sub-category of acrimoney that results in physical harm to one of the parties
Root: Harm + Money, corrupts harmony
Not to be confused with: Supari, which causes harm to a complete stranger

Meaning: Event/ function whole primary function is a display of wealth
Root: ceremony + money
Note: when you hear of it, sounds like ceremony; only on seeing it is the money part obvious


Meaning: Show your middle finger to a gang of people shouting slogans against you
Usage: The currupt politician gangunglyed at press after the sting expose
Pronunciation: gangungly
Root: ungly- hindi word for finger

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Hicter Scale

Meaning: An informal scale to measure the state of drunkenness.
Usage: Even after repeated boozathons, I don't think I would have clocked more than 4 on the Hicter Scale.
Pronunciation: Hick-ter-scale.
Root: The Richter scale.


Meaning: A person with an outdated political ideology.
Usage: Bal Thackeray increasingly seems like an Oleshevik to me.
Pronunciation: Ole-chev-vick.
Root: Ole + Bolshevik (the russian socialist party that was very much in vogue till the Stalinist era).


Meaning: A walking, talking encyclopedia with a low credbility factor.
Usage: The expert commentator in that cricket show is a first rate tweakipedia.
Pronunciation: Tweek-key-peed-ya.
Root: From Wikipedia, a victim of attack editing.

Friday, December 09, 2005


Meaning: The ingenious tactic of bidding goodbye to potential suitors by unleashing rakhees (a symbol of brotherhood) on the raksha bandhan day. A neat elimination strategy often adopted by pretty young things in India to ward off the riff raff.
Usage: Puneet thought he was in the race, till Anjali said bhaiyonara.
Pronunciation: Bhai-yo-naara.
Root: Bhai (means brother in Hindi) + Sayonara (goodbye in japanese).

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Meaning: All the rubbish that's added to make a mediocre product look presentable.
Usage: I don't think the commercial will look any good even if you add a liberal sprinkling of garnishit.
Pronunciation: Garni-shit.
Root: Garnish + shit.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Think Slip

Meaning: The fear of being sacked.
Usage: Under performers never think slip. Non performers do.
Pronunciation: Think-slip.
Root: Derived from pink slip.


Meaning: Getting screwed many times over.
Usage: You have to give it to Saurav. Even though he's got polyrogered, he just doesn't retire.
Pronunciation: Polly-raw-jerd.
Root: Poly (many) + rogered (slang for getting screwed).


Meaning: A short film made exclusively for viewing in a mobile phone.
Usage: Motoshorts are gonna be the in thing in 2006.
Pronunciation: Mo-toe-short
Root: Moto (short form for Motorola, the first mobile phone company to take the lead in creating motoshorts) + short (short form for a short film).

Saturday, December 03, 2005


Meaning: One who loves sex but hates to talk about it.
Usage: Every year, sex surveys try to read the mind of aviapiarists.
Pronunciation: A-V-ape-peer-wrist.
Root: Avi (bird in latin) + Apiarist (anyone with interest in bees) = anyone with interest in the birds & the bees.


Meaning: State of instant disappointment usually caused by the huge gap between expectation and reality.
Usage: When I met my chat buddy from the Internet, I was struck by a thunderbolt of uhohsia.
Pronunciation: Uh-oh-shea.
Root: Uh-oh (the sound of disappointment) + sia.

Ivy Borg

Meaning: A truly global citizen who couldn't care less about nationaliities, race, colour or religion.
Usage: The world will be a better place if there were a few billion Ivy Borgs.
Pronunciation: I-we-bawg.
Root: Ivy Borg is an anagram of VIBGYOR, the colours that constitute the Rainbow.

Friday, December 02, 2005


Meaning: Ill will against bosses.
Usage: The first sign of bosstility is when people start forwarding boss jokes.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with hostility.

Post Heist

Meaning: When people rush to hijack a blog post thru the comments column by pointing out some obvious error
Usage: My comments column sure filled up fast when I misspelled Ganguly's name on my last post. Pity noone commented on the basic point I was making on why he deserved another chance.
Pronunciation: same as component words
Root: double pun on (blog) posts, post-haste, and heist

Thursday, December 01, 2005


Meaning: Rambler par excellence who indulges in nothing but verbal diarrohea.
Usage: Our Client Services Director is a veritable verbolax. He can bullshit at will.
Pronunciation: Verb-o-lax.
Root: Verbal + Lax (short form for laxative).


Meaning: Very, very yummy and very, very spicy.
Usage: Gults trip on mirchillicious food and women.
Pronunciation: Mir-chee-lee-shus.
Root: Mirchi (Spice in hindi) + Chilli (more spice) + Delicious.


Meaning: Total absistence from oily or fatty food.
Usage: No vadas and samosas for me, anymore. I've turned a gheetotaller.
Pronunciation: Ghee-tote-tull-ler.
Root: Ghee (Indian butter) + Teetotaller.


Meaning: Arrival of both (or how many ever; we're not judging here) partners, during a sexual encounter, at a simulataneously ecstatic high point
Usage: On the dot again, honey. That was an amazing ourgasm. Shall I light up now?
Pronunciation: Our-gasm
Root: Our + orgasm


Meaning: A formerly-respected team member who was let go, and then brought back in an utterly unexpected manner
Usage: After all that acrimony with his boss, who would've thought he'd be asked to return to handle another set of accounts! The man's surely a Gangoogly.
Pronunciation: Gung-oo-glee.
Root: Ganguly + googly.


Meaning: A young, female gymnast who trains really hard.
Usage: Look at her go at the parallel bars. She's really a Sweatlana.
Pronunciation: Svet-lana.
Root: Before the Chinese invaded the scene, nobody did gymnastics like Russian teens -- many of them named, no doubt, Svetlana.


Meaning: The kind of telemarketer who only makes calls to fill in his/ her quota of calls for the day, without listening to the customer
Usage: I asked the ickyickybank tallymarketer to call me in the evening, but she hasn't got back even though it's been 2 days!
Pronunciation: again, obvious
Root: Tally (as in tick mark) + tele-marketer
Note: I think this is a different take on the usual image of telemarketers of only pestering you with calls. Stems from someone I know who actually wanted a credit card, but never got called back!!!


Meaning: A non-profit set up for propagating one's own name
Usage: Heard of the latest noun-profit set up by that socialite?
Pronunciation: obvious!
Root: (proper) Noun + non-profit
Synonym: Naam-profit
Variant: None-profit
Not to be confused with: Nun-prophet (which has limitless possibilities on its own!)