Bengaluru is not just a city but an emotion. The city embraces the vivid cultures and traditions from all the walks of life. This metropolis widely known as the silicon valley of India is rich in its own heritage from language, food, lifestyle and for the nature of adapting to the newer things. Today, let us know some popular words used in Bangalore which we think has no replacement in the English Vocabulary.
A popularly used word in Bangalore which means to make a girl fall in love. There is also a word in Hindi called ‘Pataana’ which has the same meaning.
The word Dabba is an emotion to Bangaloreans because this is used in almost all the situations. Literally, the word Dabba means a box or a container but in a slang tone, it means useless or worthless.
It is used as a synonym for expert, leader or a big man.
Punda is a word which is highly used by media to describe the thief or dacoits. It is used as a synonym for loafer or rogue. Sometimes, it is also used for a person who is mischevious and naughty.
The literal kannada meaning of the word Kaage is Crow but it used as a slang word in Bangalore. It means to fool or prank someone.
Sarcastically the word Gandhi Class is used for a person who is silent and do not involve in activities like smoking, boozing and eating non-veg etc. It is also used for a person who is girlish in nature.
Hoge is a typical Bangalore word used as a synonym for screwed up, dead or the end. For an instance, you plan for a Goa trip and it doesn’t happen then you say it as ‘goa trip Hoge’.
Kirik is an authentic slang word of Bangalore which is used for a person who always causes problems. It can both be positive and negative and it goes with the situation. You can relate this to the title of popular Kannada movie ‘Kirik Party’.
If you have not used this world then you are not a true Bangalorean. Figure or Figar is a slang word used for a pretty girl. This can be related to a hindi word ‘Maal’ and a Hyderabadi word ‘Potti’.
A literal meaning of the word Maama is an uncle but in Bangalore, it is used for the policemen. The reason is unknown but Bangaloreans never say a policeman a policeman. They use the word Maama. Any policemen reading this by the way?
This word is used to express a feeling about a person who is irritating or head bugging. A typical Desi Kannada word widely used in Bangalore.
Gubaal is an another Desi Kannada word used in Bangalore for a person who is a loser or a dumb ass. It is a popular slang word used in the city.
Bekitha means ‘was it required?’ Suppose you mess up too badly and regret. If your friends say ‘Bekitha?’ then without a doubt, you are living in Bangalore.
Udees is a Bangalorean synonym for finish, spoil or damage. The word has become more popular through kannada movies and it is an authentic Bangalore slang word.
Vaanchu is an another Bangalorean synonym for words like beat and punch. If I have to put that in a local accent then “ Virat Kohli Malinga ge sariyagi vaanchda guru” and this translates to “Virat Kohli has brutally hit Malinga Bro.”
Oosi means ‘free of cost’. A perfect example would be ‘Jio is offering Osi Internet these days.’
The word Kalchko translates to ‘get lost’ or ‘leave the place’. It has a sarcastic tone and again a popular slang word of Bangalore.
It is not a soap brand or a bird in any meaning. If you hear Dove in Bangalore then it only means to a girlfriend. “ What is your weekend plan? Going out for a movie with your Dove?”
Ooshtu means exhaust or energy drain. This is a slang word which is used to express the feeling of getting drained up.
I guess you all might have heard this word. It is used both as a verb and adjective for a person who shows an unnecessary attitude.
There are so many other words like Guru, Sishya, Maccha, Bombat, Chitranna, Sade, Shaa, Maga and I can go on like this. Slang words are witty and sarcastically profound that we all should add to our dictionary.
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