Saturday, December 29, 2007


Meaning: Anything that sounds huge.
Pronunciation: Aa-na-meto-pick
Usage: Dolly Parton's you-know-what had this aanaimatopoeic quality once upon a time.
Root: Aana (Mallu for elephant) + Onomatopoeic (Innately sounding).

Friday, December 28, 2007


Meaning: Sporting a dhoti & a t-shirt. A curious fashion trend noticeable down South.
Pronunciation: Dho-tee.
Usage: After the wedding, all the tam-bram men switched over to their dhotees.
Root: Dhoti + Tee (short form for T-shirt).

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Meaning: The illusion of hunger when acidity plays havoc.
Pronunciation: Pa-see-ditty.
Usage: I had lunch for breakfast thanks to my pasidity.
Root: Pasi (Tamil word for hunger) + Acidity.

Saturday, December 22, 2007


Meaning: An act of plunder and destruction wrought by swans.
Pronunciation: like ransack - hans (as in hands, without the 'd') + sak.
Usage: Sneaky swans! They look like they might hansack our village anytime.
Root: Hans - the Sanskrit word for swan + ransack

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Meaning: A city-dwelling thief.
Pronounciation: Buh-rg-lur
Usage: Chennai is seeing a sudden increase in the number of burghlars.
Root: Burgher (city dweller) + burglar

Saturday, December 08, 2007


Meaning: In a messy state of matrimony.
Pronunciation: Shod-dee-shoo-da.
Usage: Being single is better than being shoddyshuda.
Root: Shadishuda (the hindi term for being married) + Shoddy (Of inferior quality).

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Meaning: Detestable yet popular.
Pronunciation: Mo-dee-yes.
Usage: The increasing clamour for nuclear bombs is utterly modius.
Root: Modi (Narendra Modi, the popular bigot of Gujarat) + Odius (hate-worthy).


Meaning: Person who does things at the eleventh hour.
Pronunciation: Acto-toe-las-sec.
Usage: From tax-filing to going-to-the-loo, I've always been an actolastsec.
Root: Acto (actor = one who acts) + Last Sec (last second).