Beginner’s Guide to Speaking Bangalorean. Full On Bengaluru Maccha!

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Anirudha Prasanna who is a Proud Bangalorean has shared this Beginner’s Guide to speaking Bangalorean. Come, let’s see what he has to say about Bengaluru and the kind of slang we use here in today’s article.

Bengaluru – IT Capital, Pub City, Garden City, chaotic traffic, the steaming hot idlis, the crispy dosas, filter kaapi, brigade road;the list is endless! Bengaluru is truly cosmopolitan with people from various parts of the country settling here. Just take a stroll in any of the streets and you will find people conversing in a mixture of Kannada, English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, etc! This makes the city unique. There are things that exist or rather heard only here. It’s a Bangalorean thing, you see. So the next time you want to say, “Kannad Gotthilla”, stop yourself and use some of these common slangs instead! Just throw in a few of these words in your day to day conversations and you will instantly feel like a true Bangalorean! Artha aytha, guru?

Speaking Bangalorean Maccha!

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ALAK BULAK

Purely by chance, very lucky event “Something and all I have written off in the exam da! I’m hoping somehow alak bulak mein I’ll pass off.”

BAANDLI

Bald person – “Oye baandli, move little ra! Full sun is shining from your head into my eyes!”

BEVARSI

Useless person – “Ayyo thoo, bevarsi! Shut up for some time!”

BITTI

Free (of cost) – “Lo magne! Nobody wants your bitti advice! Go jump off!”

BOMBAAT/ SAKKATH

Fantastic, Amazing – “Bro, how was the movie?” “Bombaat da! Sakkath ending!”

BOSS/ GURU

Term for addressing somebody. If you do not know how to address somebody, “Boss” is the word to use! Another local term is “Guru”. To the waiter: “Boss, one masala dosa.” To the autowallah: “Koramangala barthira, Guru?”

CHATTRI (Lit: Umbrella)

A fraud or a cunningly smart person – “Don’t trust him kano! Chattri fellow he is!”

CHINDHI

Fantastic, Fabulous – “Have you been to Nandi Hills? Chindhi place ra!”

CHITHRANNA (Lit: Flavored Rice)

Messed up work, Badly done. “Don’t study off too much before the exams ra! Otherwise chithranna only you will make and come.” (Use with Chindhi to mean amazing, fabulous: “Macha, the exam was so easy I made chindhi chithranna and came off!” )

CHOMBU

Used to denote failure at something – “Macha all ulta-pulta answers I have written off in the exams! Chombu only for me this time.”

CHOTTHE

Hopeless, waste – “I have one chotthe teacher for science! Something and all she blabbers off! God only should understand.”

CHOW CHOW

Similar to “Chithranna”: Messed up work, badly done. – “The presentation in class was a total chow chow!”

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CHUMMA

(Not to be confused with the North Indian version meaning “to kiss”): Simply, Just like that “I was chumma sitting at home yesterday! Full boring it was!”

CHUNTU MUNTU

Small, Insignificant- “Drama queen macha she is! Chuntu muntu matters also she’ll do off one big scene!”

DAKOTA

Useless, Waste – “Let’s go to Mantri Mall and do some time pass.” “Ayyo thoo! That’s one dakota place. We’ll go to Orion, come.”

DARIDRA

Horrible, Misfortune – “Maga that daridra mosquito gave me off dengue ra! Full hospital scenes only!”

DOVVU

(feminine, from the English word “dove”): Girlfriend – “Ayyo you leave off that fellow from the plan! Simply he will go to meet his dovvu! He won’t come with us and all.”

ESCAPE

To leave – “You guys carry on! I’m getting late. I’ll escape off.”

FREE KOTRE PHENOL-U KUDITHAANE

(Lit: If it’s free, he will drink phenol also): Used to describe somebody who is a miser or a compulsively economical person – “Take him to the wine tasting place. Avanu free kotre phenol-u kudithaane!”

GAANCHALI

Too much attitude – “What man-e? Spoke nicely to that hot chic ah?” “Eh, no da! Too much gaanchali for her! Rowdy Rangamma she is”

GALEEJ GALEEJ

Dirty, disgusting – “That fellow no! Opens his mouth means only galeej galeej words will come out!”

GIVE HAATH/ KAI KODU

To ditch somebody – “Eh bul bul, you will pakka come with me to the movie no? Chumma don’t give off haath last moment!”

GOOBE (Lit: Owl)

Stupid, senseless person (Safest insult to use) – “Look at him driving on the wrong side of the road! Goobe!”

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GUGGU

A foolish person – “Today is 16th no?” “Eh guggu! Today is 17th ra!”

GURAAISU

To stare at someone – “Eh loafer! Why are you guraaisi-fying me? Don’t have mother sister at home?”

HAWA

To scare somebody – “Don’t worry da! Full hawa I gave him! He won’t trouble you anymore!”

HEAD IS DOING RINGA RINGA ROSES

Feeling extremely unpleasant, feeling giddy – “After seeing the question paper no, head started doing ringa ringa roses only!”

HINDE INDA URVASHI, MUNDE INDA BEVARSI

(Lit: Looks like a celestial beauty from behind but ugly from the front): Used to describe somebody who is double-faced and deceitful – “Maga, don’t believe her da! Avlu hinde inda Urvashi, munde inda bevarsi!”

HOGE (Lit: Smoke)

To be scolded/ Reprimanded, To fail at something. -“Macha, I cant bunk class ra! Attendance becomes less means Princi will put nice hoge for me!” “What happened off to your results da? Hoge only ah?”

IT SEEMS/ ANTHE

This is an add-on to sentences which can be used instead of “apparently”. For example if you want to say, “Apparently, she fell sick” you can say, “She fell sick, it seems!” or “She fell sick, anthe!”

JAI

Used to denote enthusiasm. “He left all of us and went off to Abu Dhabi, Jai antha!”

JING CHUCK

Full of bling, very colorful – “Look at her da! Some jing chuck dress she’s put and come!”

JOLL PARTY

Someone who salivates looking at guys/girls – “Take him to Brigade Road man! One jol party he is! Full cauvery river will flow out of his mouth!”

JUJUBI

Very easy – “His head is filled with full brains macha! This exam and all is one jujubi for him.”

JUST MISS

When u miss something by a very small margin – “I got 38 in Math ra! 2 more marks I would have passed off! Justu missu!”

KAAGE HAARISU

Giving lame excuses for not doing something, Lie – “Why didn’t you come to college yesterday, macha?” “Macha, I was sick ra.” “Mucchu! Kaage Haariso loafer nan magne!”

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Stages of Friendship in Bengaluru

KAANJI PINJI

Worthless, Not of importance – “Why are you creating one big scene for such a kaanji pinji matter macha?”

KANTHRI/ K.D BUGGER

Sly, Cunning person – “Somehow he earns off a lot of money, okay?! I’m sure that he is doing some kanthri kelsa only! K.D bugger he is!”

KIRIK PARTY

Someone who is problematic or causes nuisance- “Speak properly to the Principal da! She’s one kirik party!”

KUII

To bore, to lie “Ayyo, kuii beda maga! – I don’t want to listen to what your girlfriend said!”

MACHA

Used to refer affectionately to a good friend – “Macha, where are you da? Come soon.”

MAGA

Similar to MACHA. Used to refer affectionately to a good friend

MEETRU

(from the English word Meter): Guts, Daring – “Why are you shouting at me? Go shout at the Manager if you have the meetru!”

NIMHANS

Maniac, Mental case – “Some shit and all he speaks! NIMHANS case only he is!”

NIN MOOTHI/ MOONJI (Lit: Your face)

Used to contradict someone’s statement – “Look at her macha! So cheap she looks!” “Aye! Nin moothi! Shut and sit! She looks gaargeous, okay?”

Recommended: Bangalore Slang Words (Part 1)

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OFF

Very frequently used by Bangaloreans. It is always used in conjunction with a verb to emphasize the action – “I’m stuck off in horrible traffic! You do off one thing. You go off to the restaurant and order off something. I’ll come off in sometime.”

OTHLA

To while away time, denotes joblessness – “You started working? Oh, sakkath da! What do you do?” “Nothing much da, full othla only”

PAAVAM CREATURE

Poor fellow, Pitiable fellow – “Eh simp-simply don’t scold me ra! I am one paavam creature.”

PORKI TYPES

A rogue, rowdy – “Don’t chumma go and keep talking to that fellow! Porki types he is!”

PUT ONE SCENE

To plan a reunion/ meetup – “Maga it’s been so long since I saw your moonji ra! Put one scene, I say!”

PUTTING LINE

Flirting – “Maga, stop putting line on that fellow’s sister da! He will break your teeth!”

PUTTING ROPE/ ROPE HAAKU

Speak arrogantly – “Ehhhhh what u are putting rope? One thulp I give on your face means directly you will go to hospital!”

SAAVU (Lit: Death)

Horrible, Boring – “Bro, tomorrow I have exams da! Saavu only!”

SCOPE

Boast about oneself, show-off – “Saaku mucchu! Simply don’t show scope!”

SHANTAM PAAPAM

Used when you do not want to involve yourself in something – “Ayyo what all bad things you people talk! Shantam paapam! I’m leaving!”

SHAPE OUT/ BUN ON THE FACE

Failed attempt at proving the worthiness of oneself – “Maga I told my parents I’ll get 60+ in the exams ra! But happily I failed off! Full shape out happened for me at home.”

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SIMP-SIMPLY (from the Kannada word sum-sumne)

Simply -“Aye, mind your own business! Simp- simply don’t come and disturb me!”

THALE KAAYI BAJJI

Nut case, Nut head – “Pass me the salt!” *passes the pepper* “Nin thale kaayi bajji! That is pepper kano! Pass the salt, I say”

THAT’S WHAT

Used to affirm a point made by someone. Ramu – “Bangalore is becoming so hot pah! Simply they cut off all the trees.” Shamu: “I know! That’s what!”

THUPPIFY

To insult someone – “Can’t do one work also properly! Nicely I thuppified him and came off!”

TIGHT

High on Alcohol – “Aye don’t give him more drinks! Already tight he is!”

TOOTH FIELDING

Used when you want to beat up someone so badly and break all their teeth – “Macha I’m telling you da. If my boss gives me any more work no, tooth fielding only I’ll make him do!”

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TOPI (Lit: Cap)

To cheat – “That auto fellow was one loafer only! Simply took me somewhere and all and put off topi for me!”

TUSSS PATAAKI

Lacking courage/bravery – “What ra! Can’t speak up for yourself ah? One tusss pataaki only you are!”

UDAAISU

To enjoy carelessly – “That loafer nan maga director aaram se, he is udaais-ifying the company’s money ra!” Also means: To kill, Murder “Aeiiii! What you are putting awaaz?! I’ll give supari to Mental Maanja means he’ll come and udaais-ify you!”

YEKKUT HOYTHU

A failed attempt at something “My driving exam full yekkut hoythu! No license only now, thoo!”

YENNE (Lit: Oil)

Liquor, Alcohol – “Come macha! Yenne haakona.”

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Wanna more? Check this out – 29 Hilarious Slang Words Used in Bangalore And Their Meaning
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