Friday, August 8, 2008

Madras Bashai

Disclaimer: This post is neither to hurt anybody nor to put down any language in any way.
Caution: Royal Usage (pun intended) of tamil language awaits you. Men who have not got their moustaches intact are forbidden to read further. I would suggest the females not to be too curious.
Few weeks back one of my best friends asked me the meaning of a word which I use very often. He happens to be in chennai only. I felt a bit guilty that after being so long with me he does not know proper Madras Bashai, so I thought I should do a favor to him by posting this....
Gals who did not bother to read the caution and started reading, there is foul language here, so I guess it is not Your cuppa tea...
Ok, to kick off.. My friend asked me the meaning of baadu. Now, every friend of mine knows that I use it very often to rebuke someone when I am pissed off or as a friendly gesture at times. Baadu has many meanings, for the past 3 years we machans at NITC college were of the consensus that Baadu meant DEAD BODY, until we found out its supposedly true meaning in Wikipedia (Thanks to venky for sending me that link..). I will give you the meaning later in the post, but to start off with the basics...
One of the words that i use very often is Gethu, it means superb, awesome, kickass! it also has a synonym semma, but the former being superlative. And i also use Thaaru-maaru, which literally means zig-zag, but it’s a slang for awesome! When you want to ask someone if they are ready?,you just say, ready-aa? or when you want to ask somebody Is it OK?, You say Ok-vaa?. The meaning of adding this -aa at the end is analogous to asking, is it?. Finished-aa?, meaning have u finished what ever u were doing? Pannada- I use it for swearing but it is not that demeaning. It means a person who takes the bad leaving behind the good, expected to have originated from the word pannadai in tamil which means a layer which filters bad elements from toddy in palm trees. I also use Nadaari, synonymous to pannada. But I do not know the original meaning of it yet. venna a.k.a vendru, literally meaning butter, meaning useless or dumb person. Vetti meaning totally jobless. Tharudala, again useless. Tubelight- not so shrewd person. Udhaaru-Vudrathu- to exaggerate, synonymous to reelu or gapsa. Sappa matteru is one which i use very often. It means a very easy thing to do, also synonymous to Jujubee. Sight Adikkaruthu-Admiring gals usually without their knowledge. Rousu udradhu- To show off.
Porambokku- Unoccupied, usually unusable or fallow land. Derogatively and dismissively, a person without identity, a nobody. Mispronunciation of 'Pembroke', as in Lord Pembroke, who stated that land belonging to no one would belong to the government.
Saavugraaki- Verbal abuse against bad drivers. OB adikkarthu- to waste time, OC- Free at no caost. Bladu,mokkai- meaning a person who puts unbearable PJ's. Kattai- refers to a hot female, we say 'Semma kattai da'. Kalakkarudhu- meaning to rock! Kadalai- meaning verbal flirting! Figaru- attractive gal.
Now the real and royal tamil that many use when their nerves twitch. Baadu- meaning to hold on the torch light when the king and queen have sexual intercourse. Otha- used with baadu as otha baadu. it means the F-word. Thevidiya payya- son of a prostitute. Maayiru- literally hair, but used for swearing. I guess this would do now. For people interested in more words in madras tamil can refer to wikipedia.

8 comments:

Viajero said...

I had read this while it was in the draft stage itself......didnt know there were words like these :)

Hari Vishnu said...

hehe nice info.. the words wil not be complete without narens hand-genstures and voice-modulation, mind you:-)..
ofcourse there were words like these, i used to hear most of them in nitc itself.. now im acquainted with hearing them every now and then :-)..

The Third Twin said...

@hari
the fact is it goes with most of the tamil guys hand gestures and speaking tones.. thats y its universally accepted..hehe

The Third Twin said...

@viajero
dude i had some probs here uploading that i wrote that ages back.. i couldn upload it..dint know why, finally thanks to hari here i did it..

Brittz said...

ahem ahem.. possibly the meaning which machans learned n taught us croakies was the past tense of baadu. the guy who 'baadued'(held the torch lite), would be dead soon rite..
n my posting this reply's cos i was the guy who asked him the meanin.. cos after comin to chennai, i used this word to refer to dead body to a person here, n the response made me feel baadu somethin more than dead body. not to mention that i told the b word to a gal :(

Rajesh kumar said...

hi dude...the meaning for the word " naadhaari " as vadivelu made it famous across the entire tamil speaking population denotes a group of people, herding pigs in an around areas of madurai & raamnad . they are referred as "poyarkal".they sued a case against the usage of that word in films anymore.

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Sabaritha Shilpa said...

Haha! Well written, useful, and interesting.. :-P I'm a tamilian, living outside tamilnadu, so i had no clue some of these words existed..:-D Plannin a trip to chennai.. This newly gained knowledge might be useful ;-)