Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Calorie Payattu

Meaning: The war to stay in shape.
Pronunciation: Cal-low-ree-pa-yet-tu.
Usage: My folks keep cribbing about the bulge. So I am planning to get into some much needed Calorie Payattu soon. But then I am known to procrastinate.
Root: Calorie (measure of food energy) + Payattu (Malayalam word meaning fight)

Saapat Roaman

Meaning: A South Indian foodie who hops from sabha to sabha in search of good food.
Pronunciation: Sa-part-roman.
Usage: The distinguishing feature of a saapat roaman is he's into the music season for the food.
Root: Saapat Raman (Tamil for glutton) + Roam (to check out places).
NOTE: A Saapat Roman is a South Indian foodie who loves Italian cuisine.


Meaning: A break taken to enjoy the December music season in Chennai.
Pronunciation: Sa-baa-ti-cull.
Usage: I intend to spend my entire sabhatical in Music Academy.
Root: Sabha (synonymous with the many music halls in Chennai) + Sabbatical.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Meaning: Visual pun.
Pronunciation: Pair-run-no-may-gee-ya.
Usage: The first technique for creating clever ads is to dabble in paranomagia.
Root: Paranomasia (Word play) + Image.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Meaning: The ability to quickly search and locate an appropriate low-res animation to use as a snappy response in an online discussion thread

Usage: I cracked a brilliant pun but Vishal used his GIFt to find a cat falling asleep as a response

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Meaning: Straight male being camp when it suits him.
Pronunciation: obvious
Usage: "Not sure what to make of that star. Plays macho roles but wears pink flowery shirts" "He's bicamperal".
Root: Bicameral + Camp.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Meaning: Extremely below par. Yet extremely pleasurable.
Pronunciation: ub-bliss-mull.
Usage: The lyrics of the song that's on everyone's lips was supposedly penned in just 6 minutes. Is that the reason why it's ablissmal?
Root: Abysmal + Bliss.

Monday, November 14, 2011


Meaning: A nick that results in a skier.
Pronunciation: Spoot-nick.
Usage: Sewhag slashes at a short pitched delivery from Roach and he sputnicks it to Third man.
Root: Named after Sputnik - the first artificial satellite that was put out into earth's orbit.

Start Downs

Meaning: New companies floated with an intention of making losses.
Pronunciation: Start-dounce.
Usage: When you have loads of black money, it helps to set up a flurry of start downs if the idea is to launder.
Root: The polar opposite of a start up.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Meaning: A paternity row.
Pronunciation: Spat-turn-nitty.
Usage: If Idi Amin were alive, he'd have lost all his wealth battling spaternity.
Root: Obvious.