Friday, December 05, 2008


Meaning: A kid who lost his dad in a bomb attack.
Pronunciation: Blah-sturd.
Usage: Al Qaeda has spawned a thousand blastards.
Root: Blast + Bastard (a child who doesn't know his father).

Voodoo Terrorism

Meaning: Instigating terrorism without soiling one's hands.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Usage: Pakistan's voodoo terrorism tactic might appear to be working for now. But sooner or later, the hands that control the remote will have to face the consequences.
Root: Voodoo (holding magical power over adherents) + Terrorism.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Meaning: Someone who uses pesky tactics to create a buzz for his/her pet project/cause/brand.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with Mosquito.
Usage: Buzzquitoes are famous for gatecrashing into blogs with their comment-bot kinda comments.
Root: Obvious.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hopinion Polls

Meaning: Doctored polls that hope to create an impression of invincibility for a party or a candidate.
Pronunciation: Ho-pee-ni-yun pollz.
Usage: The electorate will not be be fooled by Hopinion Polls. They have a mind of their own.
Root: Opinion Polls based on nothing but hope.


Meaning: A street dog.
Pronunciation: Sounds like vagabond.
Usage: At the stroke of midnight, the wagabonds get a spring in their step and strut around like they own the streets. Have you noticed?
Root: Obvious.

Saturday, October 04, 2008


Meaning: Leveraging cramming skills to appear unusually smart.
Pronunciation: Cram-be-dex-trus.
Usage: Sarah Palin is crambidextrous. That's why she's able to shine through in her speeches despite muddling through her candid interviews.
Root: Cram + ambidextrous.


Meaning: Not that bad. Not that good.
Pronunciation: Pal-lin-comp-pee-tent.
Usage: Rahul Gandhi is in the same league as his dad. He's sorta palincompetent.
Root: Palin + Incompetent.

Thursday, October 02, 2008


Meaning: A place infested with timid, servile cowards.
Pronunciation: Im-po-ten-shiary.
Usage: Sycophancy can turn any organization into an impotentiary.
Root: Impotent + Derived from the latin suffix arium (means place containing).


Meaning: The spam folder in one's email account.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Usage: I mistook your proposal to be a Nigerian scam mail and I sent it to the binbox.
Root: Bin + Inbox.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Meaning: Preaching what you don't practice.
Pronunciation: Pont-ting-fick-ate.
Usage: After sledging to their hearts content on the field, the aussies always pontingficate in the post-match conference.
Root: Ponting (Captain of Australian cricket team and an exponent of wrongeous indignation) + Pontificate.


Meaning: The anger that seizes you when you see something dear being destroyed and you can do precious little about it.
Pronunciation: Rexas-per-ray-shun.
Usage: Can you sense the wrecksasperation of the GOP every time McCain runs down their ideology under the guise of being a maverick?
Root: Wreck + Exasperation.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Meaning: A laggard capitalist economy.
Pronunciation: Cap-pit-tull-list-less.
Usage: Even Thomas Friedman could never have imagined that America will turn capitalistless, one day.
Root: Capitalist + Listless.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Brew Blooded

Meaning: A person who's addicted to beer.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Usage: Jayalalitha has accused Vijaykanth of being brew blooded.
Root: Brew (Slang for beer) + Blooded = One with beer in the veins.


Meaning: Dark particle.
Pronunciation: Nick-tawn.
Usage: The cosmos was initially a sea of nyctons and divinions.
Root: Nyct (Greek prefix for darkness or night) + -on (Particle).


Meaning: The God Particle.
Pronunciation: Di-wine-non.
Usage: The Hadron Collider project is about unraveling the divinon.
Root: Divine (God like) + -on (Particle).

Monday, September 08, 2008


Meaning: Newly coined word spewed serendipitously in a drunken state.
Pronunciation: Pi-yo-lodge-jism.
Usage: A few pegs down, our man started blathering malapropisms, spoonerisms and piyologisms.
Root: Piyo (to drink in Hindi) + Neologism (newly coined word).

Sunday, September 07, 2008


Meaning: The brand window section in a TV commercial or Radio spot that interrupts the smooth flow of story telling.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Usage: You won't spot the spotholes in the Director's Cut.
Root: Spot (an ad for radio or TV)+ Pothole (the cause for bumpy rides in Indian roads).


Meaning: Soon to be President of the United States.
Pronunciation: Nex-po-tus.
Usage: If Obama is to be the Nextpotus, he needs to portray John McCain as George McCain.
Root: Next + POTUS (Acronym for President Of The United States).

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Booclear Bomb

Meaning: A hoax bomb planted using prank calls.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Usage: When kids feel like shutting down their school these days, they press the booclear bomb button.
Root: Boo (to scare) + Clear (to evacuate) + Bomb (an explosive) = to scare and to cause an evacuation using the threat of a bomb.


Meaning: Appetite-inducing, fat-enhancing junk food.
Pronunciation: Bell-lee-cuss-see.
Usage: The beach side bajjis are bellycacies waiting to be devoured.
Root: Belly + Delicacy.


Meaning: Making a new improved product appear like the next big thing.
Pronunciation: Crow-man-ti-size.
Usage: Chromanticizing that new browser is the new pastime of the mainstream media.
Root: Chrome (as in Google Chrome)+ Romanticize.

Friday, August 29, 2008


Meaning: A serial entrepreneur best known for shutting down many start-ups.
Pronunciation: Stop-star-tist.
Usage: Don't you dare hire that guy. They say he's a stopstartist.
Root: Stop (wind up) + Startist (A past-master at creating start-ups).

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Meaning: A normally smart person who acts, talks or behaves like a retard.
Pronunciation: Boo-dhoo-GV.
Usage: Arundhati Roy switches to her Buddhujeevi mode whenever she's asked to write a lead column for the Outlook.
Root: Buddhijeevi (Hindi for intellectual) + Buddhu (Hindi for fool).

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Meaning: Junk food.
Pronunciation: Rhymes withs stomach.
Usage: Any oily food is stomuck. Period.
Root: Stomach + Muck.

Friday, August 15, 2008


Meaning: Having intercourse under the influence of illegal substances.
Pronunciation: Dope-pue-lay-shun.
Usage: Date rapes are a perverse form of dopulation.
Root: Dope + Copulation.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Meaning: An aftermath of binging on food. Usually, starts with a guilt trip and ends with a period of mad dieting to shed the newly acquired flab.
Pronunciation: Fa-tone-ment.
Usage: What's the point of fatonement if you're going to hog like a pig after a week of ascetic dieting?
Root: Fat + Atonement.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Meaning: Pandering to the gallery.
Pronunciation: Clap-pee-tue-lay-shun.
Usage: The abject clapitulation of Bollywood to forces of commerce is a source of concern.
Root: Clap + Capitulation.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Meaning: The elusive ideal daughter-in-law.
Pronunciation: Ba-who.
Usage: Moms in India search for bawhos and not biwis for their laadla.
Root: Bahu (daughter-in-law in hindi) + Who.

Friday, July 04, 2008


Meaning: To accuse someone of farting.
Pronunciation: Win-sin-nu-ate.
Usage: Thumb rule of the Book of Farts: the one who windsinuates first is always the culprit.
Root: Wind + Insinuate.

Monday, June 30, 2008


Meaning: An advertising campaign that doesn't have the nod of the client.
Pronunciation: Scam-pain.
Usage: The Alka Seltzer scampaign won a silver at the Cannes this year. It was withdrawn later, rather discreetly.
Root: Scam + Campaign.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Meaning: An unprincipled alliance just to fight a common foe.
Pronunciation: Fo-uh-lee-shun.
Usage: The UPA & Left Parties' foealition will in all probability end this week.
Root: Foe + Coalition.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Digital Cricketer

Meaning: A cricketer who scores a string of 1s and 0s.
Pronunciation: Di-ji-tull Crick-ket-tia.
Meaning: That run machine Ponting somehow morphs into a digital cricketer when he plays in India.
Root: Digital (a wave of 1s and 0s) + Cricketer.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Meaning: Tiny island resorts.
Pronunciation: Small-dee-ves.
Usage: The future of time share lies in developing thematic smalldives.
Root: Small + Maldives.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Meaning: Showing the middle finger.
Pronunciation: Shuv-zat.
Usage: Greg Chappell was forced to shovezatt a pesky spectator who was sledging him.
Root: Shove + Zatt (that).

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Deja Woe

Meaning: That sinking feeling.
Pronunciation: De-jaa-woe.
Usage: Whenever the middle order starts to fail for Delhi Daredevils, I get this biting sense of Deja Woe.
Root: Deja vu + Woe.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Meaning: A severe drain on the wallet.
Pronunciation: Purs-pi-ire.
Usage: The dinner bill at Hip Asia made me pursepire.
Root: Purse + Perspire (to sweat it out).

Monday, May 19, 2008


Meaning: Ability to think like a woman.
Pronunciation: Shee-kwen-see.
Usage: If you have the shequency, you'd be like Mel Gibson in What Women Want.
Root: She + Frequency.


Meaning: A husband, by accident.
Pronunciation: Ser-ren-dip-path-thee.
Usage: Sunil Dutt was Nargis's Serendipati.
Root: Serendipity + Pati (Hindi for husband).


Meaning: Causing a crisis by sensationalizing an innocuous incident.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with precipitate.
Usage: The Aamir-Shah Rukh rift was pressipitated by a lead article in the Times of India.
Root: Obvious.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Meaning: The mental adjustment (as in lowering of expectations) one makes, when something is dished out for free.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with reconcile.
Usage: When I began complaining about the picture quality of the TV given to me by the DMK government, my friend quipped, "Muft mein mil saale freeconcile kar le."
Root: Obvious.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Kevlar Presentation

Meaning: Verbose PowerPoint presentation.
Pronunciation: Kev-laa-present-tay-shun.
Usage: Authors of kevlar presentations have a habit of reading out the minutiae in every slide.
Root: Kevlar (Bullet-proof = sans bullet points = Without pithiness) + Presentation.


Meaning: Mindbogglingly huge amounts of data.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with Kilobyte.
Usage: There are zillobytes of useless stuff on the internet.
Root: Kilobyte + Zillion.


Meaning: The willful lowering of standards at elite institutions to help accommodate the educational aspirations of the under-privileged beneficiaries of the quota system perpetuated by the Government of India.
Pronunciation: Mun-dull-lie-say-shun.
Usage: The brand equity of the IITs will be the first casualty of the policy of Mandullisation.
Root: Mandalisation (the policy of reservation) + Dull.


Meaning: The lure of going in for a stem cell transplantation.
Pronunciation: Stem-tay-shun.
Usage: As new discoveries are made, cancer patients will be prone to stemptation.
Root: Stem Cell + Temptation.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Meaning: An autorickshaw stand.
Pronunciation: Rick-ka-go.
Usage: If you want a straw poll on who's winning in the election, talk to your nearest Rickago.
Pronunciation: Rick (slang for auto-rickshaw) + Chicago.


Meaning: A letdown.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with disappointment.
Usage: Kissapointment is a very prudish way of saying KLPD.
Root: Obvious.


Meaning: Web designer.
Pronunciation: Uh-raakh-ner-da.
Usage: With the profusion of free widgets, anyone can dream of being an arachnerda.
Root: Arachnida (Greek for Spider) + Nerd.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Meaning: An ad that falls flat.
Pronunciation: Thud-vert-ties-ment.
Usage: Funny, no one blames research for approving thudvertisements.
Root: Thud (sound of a falling object) + Advertisement.


Meaning: The act of planting a country's flag in an alien territory.
Pronunciation: Flag-resh-shun.
Usage: China has got away with its policy of flagression for many, many years.
Root: Flag + Aggression.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Meaning: The name of the 13th month in a new calendar that apportions the human year into 12 months of 30 days each. The reminding 5 or 6 days will fall under the month of Leftember. The idea behind this initiative is to give 12 months of the same duration.
Pronunciation: Left-tem-bur.
Usage: The whole planet deserves a break in Leftember.
Origin: Calendar proposed by Anantha. The word leftember is derived from 'month with left over days'. That's Left + -ember (the most used suffix to cue month).

Friday, March 21, 2008


Meaning: A small idli.
Pronunciation: Kid-lee.
Usage: I ordered the 14-kidli course for lunch.
Root: Kid + Idli.


Meaning: Old food worth re-heating and re-eating.
Pronunciation: Cull-ka-kaa-na.
Usage: When you're single and working, you make do with kalkakana.
Root: Kal ka khaana (Hindi for yesterday's food).


Meaning: A person who's spent a lifetime creating/peddling inferior stuff.
Pronunciation: Shh-lock-to-gen-nay-ri-yan.
Usage: The award jury had some seasoned schlocktogenarians.
Root: Schlock (inferior) + Octogenarian (synonymous with a veteran).

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Meaning: The lust to consume, more and more sweets.
Pronunciation: Jong-greed.
Usage: Bongs are known for their sweet tooth and legendary jangreed.
Root: Jangree (a sweet in South India) + Greed.


Meaning: A networked area.
Pronunciation: Mo-dem-bach-cum.
Usage: Our organisation is a modembakkam. We have a WAN connecting all our branches with VSATs.
Root: Modem + bakkam (suffix for any area in tamil).


Meaning: A cool slang. Or a slang in vogue.
Pronunciation: Slang-fwa.
Usage: I just read about 'bitch piss'. Methinks it's very slangfroid.
Root: Slang + Froid (French for cold/cool).

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Meaning: An economy aircraft.
Pronunciation: Same as budget.
Usage: Air Deccan has built its business model on budjets.
Root: Budget + Jet.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Meaning: The collective noun for bulls.
Pronunciation: Am-per-saa-nd.
Usage: A cattle of bulls sounds so sissy compared to an ampersaand of bulls.
Root: Ampersand (Conjunction) + Saand (Hindi for Bull).

Saturday, February 09, 2008


Meaning: Transformer toys that can be tweaked into any shape or form.
Pronunciation: Cunt-tor-toys.
Usage: Human beings are the contortoys of the children in heaven.
Root: Contort (to twist) + Toys.


Meaning: Part-time school.
Pronunciation: Part-sha-la.
Usage: Future Universities will earn a large part of their revenues by instituting partshalas in all streams.
Root: Part + Paatshala (Hindi for School).

Judwa Shabd

Meaning: Synonym.
Pronunciation: Ju-d-va Sha-b-dh.
Usage: Coword is a judwa shabd for synonym.
Root: Judwa (Hindi for Twin) + Shabd (Hindi for Word).

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Meaning: Advertisers who use the overused tagline, 'Since blah blah'.
Pronunciation: Since-na-tea.
Usage: Every city has its own elite club of sincenati.
Root: Since ____ (a commonplace tagline for anyone who wishes to flaunt heritage) + nati (latin for born)


Meaning: Member of the advertising tribe.
Pronunciation: Addy-waa-see
Usage: David Ogilvy turned an addyvasi after junking his cooker salesman job.
Root: Addy (slang for 'that which sounds or looks very advertising') + Adivasi (Hindi for a tribal).


Meaning: Muscle flexing by the emerging superpower, India.
Pronunciation: Ind-doe-me-nation
Usage: Steve Bucknor was done in by indomination.
Root: Indo + Domination.

Monday, January 07, 2008


Meaning: An extraordinarily strict, by-the-books photographer.
Pronunciation: Foto-gram-uh.
Usage: Chandrachoodan's photos would please even the most anal photogrammer.
Root: Photographer + Grammar.

Saturday, January 05, 2008


Meaning: A believer in astrology.
Pronunciation: Trust-traw-la-jer.
Usage: Trustrologers will never sign business deals during raahu kaalam.
Root: Trust + Astrologer.


Meaning: A banal joke that elicits a fake smile or chuckle.
Pronunciation: Grin-sip-pid.
Usage: To the seasoned humorist, pun is grinsipid stuff.
Root: Grin + Insipid.


Meaning: A willingness or tendency to surrender oneself to the darker forces.
Pronunciation: Tha-mass-so-kist
Usage: Anakin Skywalker was a Tamasochist.
Root: Tamas (Sanskrit for darkness)+ Masochist.


Meaning: The reflex action of a batsmen that well and truly gives away the fact that he had nicked the ball to the keeper.
Pronunciation: Nick-ti-tay-shun.
Usage: The umpire didn't hesitate to lift his finger after seeing Hussey's nicktitation.
Root: Nick (to edge) + Nictitation (reflexive blinking or winking of the eye).


Meaning: On paper secular, but clearly pro-muslim.
Pronunciation: Shake-yule-lur.
Usage: Mulayam Singh Yadav might turn India into sheikular democracy if he heads a coalition government at the center.
Root: Sheik (an islamic head)+ Secular.