Sunday, December 27, 2009

Paneer Muttering

Meaning: Cheesy talk.
Pronunciation: Pun-neer-mutter-ring.
Usage: If you're gonna be a standup comedian, you should never be ashamed of paneer muttering.
Root: Paneer (Hindi for cottage cheese) + Mutter (yap).


Meaning: The red and white robes of Santa Claus.
Pronunication: Claws-tume.
Usage: Coca-Cola's idea of a claustume has now become the generic outfit for Santa.
Root: Claus + Costume.


Meaning: A tabloid accessible on Kindle.
Pronunciation: Kin-dloyd.
Usage: Save paper. Subscribe to kindloids.
Root: Self explanatory.


Meaning: Time traveller.
Pronunciation: Kro-no-jip-see.
Usage: What is a sci-fi movie without a chronogypsy?
Root: Kronos (Greek for time) + Gypsy (nomad).

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Meaning: A writer who churns a lot of crap.
Pronunciation: Scrawl-li-fick.
Usage: Me thinks, copywriters are scrawlific by design.
Root: Scrawl + Prolific.


Meaning: Creating something novel by tinkering around with the known.
Pronunciation: New-plick-kay-shun.
Usage: Wordmint has largely had products of newplication. The next two thousand words should ideally be truly original.
Root: New + Duplication.


Meaning: The study of nature, structure and variation of languages invented by movies.
Pronunciation: Ling-wis-flix.
Usage: After the advent of Klingon and Na'vi, universities will seriously consider offering courses in linguisflicks.
Root: Liguistics of languages invented by flicks.


Meaning: One who knows to communicate with animals.
Pronunciation: Faw-nah-glot.
Usage: Mystics, rishis and siddha purushas are known to be faunaglots.
Root: Fauna (animals) + -Glot (tongue).
Related Coinage: Floriglot = One who knows to communicate with plants.


Meaning: Enforced appointment.
Pronunciation: Gun-oint-ted.
Usage: When Mohan Bhagwat realised that the BIG 4 will not let go of their ambitions, he just muscled his way in and gunointed Nitin Gadkari as the President of BJP.
Root: Gun (a weapon of coercion) + Anointed (established).


Meaning: Antidote for stress.
Pronunciation: Stress-toe-my-sin.
Usage: Some people say that sex might have been Tiger Woods' stresstomycin.
Root: Stress + Streptomycin (a drug)


Meaning: Existing in a parallel universe, at the same time.
Pronunciation: Sigh-mull-play-nee-yes.
Usage: Without our knowledge, all of us lead a simulplaneous life, that is very different from our earthly existence.
Root: Simultaneously in another plane.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Meaning: The incentive for staying mum.
Pronunciation: Myoot-tea-way-shun.
Usage: Hush money is the best known form of mutetivation.
Root: Should I say it?


Meaning: A sorority of paramours.
Pronunciation: Clan-q-byne.
Usage: If you read the yellow journals, you'll be tempted to assume that some senior kollywood actresses run clancubines.
Root: Clan + Concubine.


Meaning: Bringing disrepute to a brand by opting for a bad font.
Pronunciation: Uff-font-terry.
Usage: Never rile up an art director. He could get back at you by resorting to plain affontery.
Root: Affrontery (intentional insult) + Font.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Meaning: An alternate take on evil. That is, evil exists to realise the goodness of good.
Pronunciation: Other-ma.
Usage: Without otherma, man will never aspire to be his purest self.
Root: Adharma (that which is not right) + Other (alternate).


Meaning: A complete lack of consensus.
Pronunciation: You-nanny-mess.
Usage: Andhra Pradesh is unanimess about the proposal to carve up smaller states.
Root: Unanimous + Mess.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Meaning: Fear of change.
Pronunciation: Worry-worth-un.
Usage: Status quoists are children of worryvartan.
Root: Worry (Anxiety) + Parivartan (Hindi for change).


Meaning: A fledgling state carved out of a larger state.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Usage: In her anxiety to spawn 3 statelings out of UP, Mayawati will end up mothering the importance of the state.
Root: State + -ling (young one).

Puttar Pradesh

Meaning: A mini Punjab.
Pronunciation: Pooth-ther-pra-they-sh.
Usage: If an area has at least 10 dhabas, chances are it'll house a Puttar Pradesh.
Root: Puttar (the punjab word for son or little one) + Pradesh (Hindi for State).

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Meaning: Incurably addicted to texting.
Pronunciation: Ping-kaw-ri-ji-bil.
Usage: I suspect, Shane Warne switches to his pingcorrigible avatar, when no one's watching him.
Root: Ping (slang for texting) + Incorrigible (unchangeable).

Wednesday, December 09, 2009


Meaning: The thinking area or zone.
Pronunciation: Mull-lap-poo-rum.
Usage: For centuries, the shit pot has been the mullapuram for very many men.
Root: Mull (to think) + Mallapuram (a place in Kerala).

Sunday, December 06, 2009


Meaning: Downright trashy and bland.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Usage: With 120 minites of inaction, the arthouse action flick The Limits of Control was utterly binsipid.
Root: Bin + Insipid.

Saturday, December 05, 2009


Meaning: A part of a multi-stage interview.
Pronunciation: Splinter-vyoo.
Usage: My third splinterview was a total disaster. I dunno if I'll make it to the next round.
Root: Splinter (a fragment of a whole) + Interview.


Meaning: Verbal abuse or intimidation that borders on the acceptable.
Pronunciation: Sledge-jit-tim-mate.
Usage: Games like chess can get more telegenic if FIDE allows sledgitimate banter between players.
Root: Sledging (a cricket term for offensive banter) + Legitimate.


Meaning: A crowd-magnet.
Pronunciation: Spell-lib-brit-tea.
Usage: Brother Dinakaran may never make it to Page 3 or Page 1 but no one can deny that he's a spellibrity.
Root: Celebrity who casts a Spell.
Related coinage: A spellibrity can also be a spelling-bee champion.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Meaning: Euphemism for sound of the fart.
Pronunciation: Bum-sudh-wun-nee.
Usage: Every morning, GNB used to regale his wife with his own bumsadhwani composition.
Root: Hamsadhwani (a raga) + Bum (the buttocks) = the raga from the rear.

Arrack Obama

Meaning: One who's eloquent after glugging down many bottles of alcohol.
Pronunciation: Ur-rack-o-ba-ma.
Usage: Near every TASMAC bar, there's an arrack obama waiting for an audience.
Root: Arrack (cheap liquor) + Barack Obama.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Meaning: A rent-a-quote celeb always on the look out for ways and means of appearing in a TV show or newspaper.
Pronunciation: Press-byte-tay-rian.
Usage: Alyque Padamsee and Suhel Seth are legendary pressbyterians.
Root: Press (Media) + Byte (Sound byte)+ -arian (suffix that refers to a person)


Meaning: A punchline or good repartee that pops up out of your mouth, almost accidentally.
Pronunciation: Seren-dip-pithy.
Usage: Sometimes the most funny lines come from the most unfunny people. I attribute it to serendipithy.
Root: Serendipity + Pithy.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Meaning: Any Indian cookery show.
Pronunciation: Tick-ka-load-deon.
Usage: Madhur Jaffrey, the queen of tikkalodeon, is said to have introduced James Ivory to Ismail Merchant.
Root: Tikka (means bits or pieces) + Nickelodeon (a TV channel). Tikka is often used as a suffix of sorts with many Indian dishes.


Meaning: Anxiety about not being fair skinned.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with paranoia.
Usage: How long will ad agencies continue to whip up fairanoia to build market shares for fairness creams?
Root: Fair (skin tone) + Paranoia.
Related coinage: Fairanoid - one who is anxious about not being fair skinned.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Panch Hum

Meaning: Raspy caterwauling used as musical interlude in songs.
Pronunciation: Punch-hum.
Usage: The punch hum in 'duniya mein logon ko' is more memorable than 'pyaar hamein kis mod pe le aaya'.
Root: Dedicated to Pancham (nickname of RD Burman). He had this quirk of lacing his songs with guttural interludes.


Meaning: One without a mobile device.
Pronunciation: Lack-beri
Usage: If you're a lackberry you're answerable to no one.
Root: Derived from Blackberry (the quick-replying, quick-connect mobile device).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Coochie Coouming

Meaning: Getting dirty and intimate in public.
Pronunciation: Kootchy-coo-vum-ming.
Usage: I am no prude. But it does feel odd when coochie coouming happens in offices.
Root: Coochie Cooing + Cooum (a dirty river and a synonym for filth in Chennai).


Meaning: A highly overrated person or group, expected to win any race or contest.
Pronunciation: Up-per-cat.
Usage: South Africa is the uppercat in any cricket tournament. But somehow they always end up choking.
Root: Opposite of underdog.


Meaning: The act of rearing a pug to cultivate popularity.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with agriculture.
Usage: To Hutch goes the credit of injecting pugriculture into our nation's vocabulary.
Root: Self explanatory.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Meaning: Someone who's good at creating an image of being nonchalant.
Pronunciation: Chill-lew-shun-ist.
Usage: Don't be fooled by the many chillusionists you meet at the IITs. They are all closet sloggers and maggus who are all armed to max the test, next day.
Root: Chill (to relax) + Illusionist (one who creates an illusion).


Meaning: 5-day week.
Pronunciation: Punch-cha-huff-tha.
Usage: Panchahafta is the norm on paper. Most ad agencies squeeze the juice out of creative even on weekends.
Root: Pancha (Sanskrit for five) + Hafta (Hindi for week).

Monday, November 23, 2009


Meaning: Being uncontrollably happy.
Pronunciation: Bliss-teri-cull.
Usage: Disneyland makes children go blissterical.
Root: Bliss + Hysterical.


Meaning: The hoax of a hoax or a cheap copy of a cheap copy.
Pronunciation: 5-jerry.
Usage: Nallinikanth was a good fivegery of Vijaykant.
Root: One step more than a 4gery.


Meaning: An article, piece or book that is so full of unabashed self-praise.
Pronunciation: Brag-gia-gra-fee.
Usage: His blog is unadulterated bragiography.
Root: Brag + hagiography.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Meaning: The currency symbol.
Pronunciation: Buck-shar.
Usage: Rs is the buckshar for the rupee.
Root: Buck (money) + Akshar (Sanskrit for letter).


Meaning: A puritan linguist.
Pronunciation: Shubd-ko-sher.
Usage: You can't expect a shabdkosher to enjoy the delights of slang.
Root: Shabdkosh (Hindi for dictionary) + Kosher (fit and proper).


Meaning: One who's addicted to chewing paan.
Pronunciation: Paan-nick-chundh.
Usage: Benaras is a city of paanikchands.
Root: Paan + Manickchand (a renowned brand of gutka)


Meaning: A weaver of big yarns.
Pronunciation: Shpeel-low-sawr.
Usage: If you've gotta sell ads, you gotta be a spielosaur.
Root: Spiel + Pilosaur.


Meaning: A woman who subscribes to the right to have many husbands.
Pronunciation: Polly-gam-miss.
Usage: Every woman is a closet polygamiss.
Root: Self-explanatory.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Meaning: Shrunk word that sounds and means exactly the same as the original word/phrase. Ziponyms are alphanumeric in nature.
Pronunciation: Zippo-nim.
Usage: ELEV8 is the ziponym of elevate.
Root: Zip (computer parlance for shrinking) + -onym (name for).

Friday, October 02, 2009


Meaning: Fear of ideologies that constrict thinking.
Pronunciation: Cos-tro-fo-bic.
Usage: Many sensible people stay away from politics because they are causetrophobic.
Root: Cause + Claustrophobic (fear of closed spaces).

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Meaning: The son-in-law's status after a divorce.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Usage: I bumped into my shun-in-law at the mall. I pretended not to see him.
Root: Shun + Son-in-law.

Saturday, September 05, 2009


Meaning: Salt substitute.
Pronunciation: Rhymes with alternative.
Usage: Salternatives are usually prescribed for people with high-BP.
Root: Obvious.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


Meaning: Someone with a tendency to say 'Ayyo ayyo' at the slightest hint of sickness.
Pronunciation: As is.
Usage: That woman, total hyocondriac man!
Root: Ayyo + Hypocondriac.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Meaning: Confessions made under the influence of drug.
Pronunciation: Naar-co-ram-bling.
Usage: I am still not sure if the court considers narcorambling as evidence.
Root: Obvious.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Meaning: A sad imitation of Indian food.
Pronunciation: Curry-kay-ture.
Usage: Unfortunately, the balti restaurants are nothing but currycatures.
Root: Curry + Caricature.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Meaning: A bong hangout.
Pronunciation: Gho-sha-la.
Usage: If it plays a Mithun movie, it must be a ghoshala.
Root: Ghosh (a bong surname) + Aalaya (place in Hindi).

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Meaning: A heavy weight in grammar.
Pronunciation: Kilo-gram-may-ri-yan.
Usage: Given a chance, a kilogrammarian is capable of detecting a hundred errors in The Hindu.
Root: Kilogram (unit of weight) + Grammarian.

Thursday, July 09, 2009


Meaning: A timid terrorist.
Pronunciation: Me-ka-su-ra.
Usage: There will always be one meekasura even in Satan's camp.
Root: Meek + Asura.


Meaning: Running down illicit intercourse. Especially between members of the same sex.
Pronunciation: Scor-ni-kay-shun.
Usage: Liberals can never understand as to why conservatives indulge in scornication.
Root: Derived from to pour scorn on fornication.


Meaning: High on alcohol.
Pronunciation: Bud-ri-na-lin.
Usage: 7 out of 10 road accidents at night can be blamed on the budrenaline rush.
Root: Bud (nick for Budweiser) + Adrenaline (State of excitement).

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Meaning: When the world joins in chorus to praise the deceased.
Pronunciation: Q-lo-gee.
Usage: Michael Jackson would have been amused if he had been around to see his queulogy. All those folks who ran him down are today calling him an icon.
Root: Queue + Eulogy.


Meaning: A hack who churns out hackneyed stuff.
Pronunciation: Self-explanatory.
Usage: There's a certain pleasure in being a stereotypist. Because you are catering to zero expectations.
Root: Stereotypist or Stereotyper is an already existing word. All we've done is to reinterpret it.

Monday, July 06, 2009


Meaning: An election where members cast their vote using a cell phone.
Pronunciation: Sell-leck-shun.
Usage: News channels justify their shallow stance on policies using data from cellections as fig leaf.
Root: Cell + Election.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Flashion Design

Meaning: Designing clothes in such a way that there is maximum skin show.
Pronunciation: Flash-shun-design.
Usage: Flashion Designers will be in great demand in the film industry.
Root: Flash (indecent exposure) + Fashion Design.


Meaning: The luck element.
Pronunciation: Floo-ko-sight.
Usage: He may be short on talent but he's so full of flukocytes.
Root: Fluke (luck) + Cyte (from kytos - greek for cell).

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Microwaved Ideas

Meaning: Ideas from the cold storage, presented as new.
Pronunciation: Self-explanatory.
Usage: Sometimes ideas that were ignored for no fault of theirs, stage a massive comeback as microwaved ideas.
Root: Fairly obvious.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Meaning: Eliminating billboards from the cityscape.
Pronunciation: Kill-bored.
Usage: The Supreme Court's decision to killboard Chennai has driven many businesses, out of business.
Root: Kill + Billboard.


Meaning: Lost in thought while chewing a pencil.
Pronunciation: Pen-sil-siv.
Usage: I entered the Writer's Block even after several pencilsive moments.
Root: Substitute the pen in pensive with a pencil.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Meaning: A sidekick's role.
Pronunciation: Man-sil-urry.
Usage: Karunas always played a mancillary part till Dindukkal Sarathy happened.
Root: Man Friday + Ancillary.

Cardiac Arrest

Meaning: A sudden cessation of activity from the credit card.
Pronunciation: Obvious.
Usage: I've had about 5 cardiac arrests in the last two years. They reason they parrot is, I never pay my bills on time.
Root: Credit card + Cardiac arrest.
Note: Incarceration due to credit card frauds can also be termed a cardiac arrest.


Meaning: To chew a credit card.
Pronunciation: Plastic-8.
Usage: The ATM must have been famished. It plasticated 5 visas and 10 mastercards today.
Root: Plastic (synonymous with credit cards) + Masticate (chew).

Friday, June 19, 2009


Meaning: A credit card reading machine.
Pronunciation: Swyp-po-ri-da.
Usage: To cheat the banks, just hack the swiporida at your store.
Root: Swipe (the action of using a credit card)+ rida (phonetically reader).


Meaning: An attempt to end one's life by consuming an excessive amount of sleeping pills.
Pronunciation: Tran-kill-lies.
Usage: Susan tried to trankillize herself. She ended up in an ICU for 10 days. Her hands and feet got nearly paralyzed. Now she's up and running in a mental institution.
Root: Tranquilize + Kill.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Meaning: A coerced confession.
Pronunciation: Gun-fesh-shun.
Usage: Shiney Ahuja might now argue that all the media stories on the rape case were based on his gunfession.
Root: Gun + Confession.


Meaning: Being within the ambit of the tax net.
Pronunciation: Tax-cessable.
Usage: The black money economy will never be taxessible till the government cracks the whip.
Root: Tax + Acessible.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Prawnic Healing

Meaning: The effect of good sea food on a grouchy non-vegetarian.
Pronunciation: Prawn-nick Heal-ling.
Usage: The way to your boyfriend's heart is prawnic healing.
Root: Prawn + Pranic Healing.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Meaning: Awesome guitaring.
Pronunciation: Pleck-tack-cue-lar.
Usage: Jimmy Page was truly plectacular in Stairway to Heaven.
Root: Plec (Short form for the guitar plectrum) + Spectacular.

Planic Attack

Meaning: The fear that sets in when you are grossly underprepared.
Pronunciation: Plan-nick-at-tack.
Usage: When you work in an ad agency, you get used to planic attacks.
Root: Obvious.


Meaning: That 'did I leave behind something' anxiety that grips you when you set out on a trip.
Pronunciation: Pack-ka-no-ya.
Usage: Prasad overcame his packanoia with a flurry of calls to the hotel staff.
Root: Pack (the act of preparing for travel) + Paranoia.


Meaning: The suitcase packed in a hurry when you leave in a huff.
Pronunciation: Scram-so-night.
Usage: The detective took one look at the scramsonite and added him to his list of suspects.
Root: Scram (to scoot suddenly) + Samsonite (synonymous with suitcases).

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Meaning: Bribe money given on a regular basis.
Pronunciation: Ma-mool-la.
Usage: Come end of the month, the cops in Chennai will try and maximise their mamoolah.
Root: Mamool (regular kickback) + Moolah (money).


Meaning: Having a Playboy bunny like features.
Pronunciation: Heff-fem-min-eight.
Usage: Among the Indian item girls, Mallika Sherawat is more heffeminate than Rakhi Sawant.
Root: Hef (A reference to Playboy magazine's founder Hugh Hefner, who personally picked the Playboy bunnies) + Effeminate (womanly).


Meaning: Money splurged on space missions.
Pronunciation: Chun-dhra-yen.
Usage: There's always this debate on whether the chandrayen could have been used to feed poor mouths.
Root: Chandrayan (India's moon mission) + Yen (synonymous with moolah).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Brand Coda

Meaning: The abstract musical sign-off appropriated by a brand to strengthen its identity.
Pronunciation: Self explanatory.
Usage: Ting-ting-ti-ting is the brand coda of Britannia.
Root: Brand + Coda (the last section of a musical score).


Meaning: Offensive to women.
Pronunciation: Lass-fee-mus.
Usage: Beware, lassphemous remarks might be construed as sexual harassment at your workplace.
Root: Blasphemous (profane stuff) + Lass (young woman)

Lorem Lipsome

Meaning: A typeface with oomph.
Pronunciation: Low-rem-lip-sum.
Usage: The layout looks so drab now. Why don't you sex it up with some Lorem Lipsome?
Root: Lorem Ipsum (standard body of text used by typographers) + Lipsome (kissable).

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Meaning: Buying votes through cash bribes.
Pronunciation: Sounds like Azhagiri's.
Usage: The simplest way to win an election is to azhagrease the constituency.
Root: Derived from M.K. Azhagiri's legendary techniques to max an election.

Monday, June 08, 2009


Meaning: Bribe money paid to speed up a process.
Pronunciation: Cash + Trawl.
Usage: If you want to cut the red tape, nothing works better than cashtrol.
Root: Cash (money ) + Castrol (lubricant).


Meaning: Water-proof packaging.
Pronunciation: Wet-ra-pack.
Usage: The power of wetrapak will be realised when underwater malls will make an appearance.
Root: Wet + Tetrapak.

Sunday, June 07, 2009


Meaning: Instigate someone to steal.
Pronunciation: Spur-loyn.
Usage: There are many political parties in India that spurloin their ministers to fill the coffers.
Root: Spur + Purloin.

Saturday, June 06, 2009


Meaning: The new designation after being kicked downstairs.
Pronunciation: Lezig-nation.
Usage: P. Chidambaram's less-than-satisfactory performance as Finance Minister earned him the lessignation of Home Minister.
Root: Lesser + Designation.


Meaning: A thoughtlessly stupid knee-jerk reaction.
Pronunciation: Rip-pose-therus.
Usage: Those who have their brains in the rear are known to be riposterous.
Root: Riposte + Preposterous.


Meaning: The hue you have in your mind.
Pronunciation: Cull-pa-krome.
Usage: If I could decode your kalpachrome, I'd be da Vinci.
Root: Kalpa (Sanskrit for Imagine) + Chrome (Greek for colour).

Friday, June 05, 2009


Meaning: Using excessively crass language.
Pronunciation: Gaand-di-low-kwent.
Usage: When in Delhi, menfolk tend to get gaandiloquent.
Root: Gaand (the rear in Hindi slang) + Grandiloquent.


Meaning: Selfish but potentially unselfish.
Pronunciation: Shall-true-is-stick.
Usage: The shalltruistic in us comes to the fore only during an earthquake or a tsunami.
Root: Shall + Altruistic.


Meaning: The very rustic underwear.
Pronunciation: Boon-jox.
Usage: The tamil komanam is a type of boonjocks.
Root: Boondocks + Jocks.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Meaning: A not so smart person who is always wrong.
Pronunciation: Obvious
Usage: You morong! Obviously you shouldn't put a lighted cigarette into your fuel tank.
Root: Moron + Wrong

(Minted by Vipin and Kirti)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Meaning: Continuously listening to someone who is always telling you how you do something.
Pronunciation: Add-dic-tate-tor.
Usage: Errr..... all wives are addictators
Root: Addict + dictators.

Word coined by Koushik Udayashankar.


Meaning : A machine that rates your level of sin.
Pronunciation : Sin-decay-ter
Usage : She looked at me and the sindicator started beeping madly
Root : Sin + Indicator

Word coined by Koushik Udayashankar.


Meaning: One who wanders about throughout the night doing crazy things.
Pronunciation: In-som-ne-yak :)
Usage: The police are having a hard time controlling the insomaniacs on the beach.
Root: Insomnia + maniac.

Word coined by Koushik Udayashankar.

Friday, January 30, 2009


Meaning: Sexing up the accounts to make a company look attractive to the stock market.
Pronunciation: Ra-joo-sing.
Usage: This is not the first time Price Waterhouse has been accused of Rajuicing.
Root: Raju (After Ramalinga Raju, the head of Satyam Computers, who confessed to tinkering with accounts) + Juicing Up.

Monday, January 26, 2009


Meaning: Generally jobless, but acting busy.
Pronunciation: Free-ok-q-pide.
Usage: Management trainees have a torrid time acting freeoccupied.
Root: Free + Preoccupied.