Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Meaning: A short burst of sugar for diabetics to boost up the glucose level during times of a carb crash.
Pronunciation: Gloo-course.
Usage: After years of binging on ladoos and halwas, now I am having to make do with a glucourse of Marie biscuits.
Root: Glucose (a type of sugar, the body uses for energy) + Course (part of a meal).

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Meaning: Having similar tastes in picking clothes and accessories.
Pronunciation: Dress-so-nuns.
Usage: If a flunky and a boss were in dressonance, it can create problems for the boss.
Root: Dress (to deck up) + Resonance (a physics term describing the state of two systems having similar frequencies).


Meaning: Judging a person by his choice of mobile phone.
Pronunciation: Mo-bee-yo-nomy.
Usage: Just like handwriting analysts, don't be surprised if we soon have experts in mobiognomy.
Root: Mobio (related to Mobile phones) + -gnomy (act of evaluating).

Monday, February 20, 2012


Meaning: A legally sanctioned act of aggression.
Pronunciation: Hum-law.
Usage: The Abbotabad mission to find and finish Osama is a celebrated act of humlaw.
Root: Humla (Hindi for attach) + Law (that which is legal).

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Meaning: The side eats served as accompaniments at pubs.
Pronunciation: Rum-keen.
Usage: Teetotalers can get their money's worth during drinking binges by focusing their undivided attention on polishing off the rumkeen.
Root: Rum (a commonly consumed spirit in Indian bars) + Namkeen (Hindi for snacks & savories)


Meaning: Third degree skin burns.
Pronunciation: Skin-sin-na-ray-shun.
Usage: We still await the plastic surgeons who can provide some aesthetic relief to victims of skincineration.
Root: Skin + Incineration (on fire)

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Meaning: A poser rightist with all the wrong ideas.
Pronunciation: Sham-toe-rum.
Usage: Right wing politics sorely needs a reboot. The shamtorums of the world make rightists look anachronistic.
Root: Derived from the politician who believes theology, home schooling and gay bigotry is the way to the future.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Meaning: A leisurely paced walk with an intent to reduce cholesterol.
Pronunciation: Coal-lest-role.
Usage: I would have never moved my butt had the doctor not insisted on a 30-minute cholestroll.
Root: Self explanatory.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Meaning: A person prone to commiting spelling errors.
Pronunciation: Spell-link-kwent.
Usage: The point to note is every spellinquent is not dyslexic.
Root: Spelling + -linquent (derived from latin for 'to leave out').

Monday, February 13, 2012


Meaning: Your lexicon of forgotten words.
Pronunciation: Woke-cab-bool-lurry.
Usage: All the words that I learnt from the Baron's GRE Guide are now a part of my vocabhoolary.
Root: Vocabulary + Bhoolna (Hindi for 'to forget).

Wednesday, February 08, 2012


Meaning: Quack medicines that claim the moon and the sky.
Pronunciation: Do-ba-kyoor.
Usage: The claim of a 'secret formula' is the first sign of a snake oil type of dubacure.
Root: Dubakur (Tamil for anything dubious) + Cure (medicine).

Tuesday, February 07, 2012


Meaning: Two fathers.
Pronunciation: Dwith-tha-jeez.
Usage: 'Open adoption' kids have the privilege of having dwitajis.
Root: Dwi (Sanskrit for two) + Pitaji (Hindi for father) + -s (English suffix to cue plural).

Monday, February 06, 2012

Lipi Hippie

Meaning: One who trips on Indian fonts.
Pronunciation: Li-pee-hip-pee.
Usage: Art directors in India are too westernised. We don't have enough lipi hippies.
Root: Lipi (Hindi for letter) + Hippie (a free thinker who rejects the conventional).

Thursday, February 02, 2012


Meaning: Trying to appropriate the aura of righteousness by throwing facts and figures during an argument.
Pronunciation: Kwanty-fi-cate-ting.
Usage: In TV debates, the person who's quantificating the most is invariably seen as making sense.
Root: Quantify (to enumerate) + Pontificating (expressing opinion in a dogmatic way).