Words With a Desi Twist

Indians are total geniuses. Not only they have an opinion on anything & everything but the way they see & perceive things is also quite unique. Certain words that globally is known for something takes a whole new meaning for Indians.

AUTO
What the world understands?
Auto (n): Def: Working by itself with little or no direct human control.
What Indians understand?
Auto (n): A rickety ‘threewheeler’ whose driver never agrees to go by meter.

CHANGE
What the world understands?
Change (v): Make or become different.
What Indians understand?
Change (n): Chillar.

RUBBER
What the world understands?
Rubber (n): Def: A tough elastic polymeric substance or eraser.
What Indians understand?
Rubber (n): Scented pieces of eraser ‘Rubbad’ lost & bought on daily basis in school.

HORN
What the world understands?
Horn (n): A hard permanent outgrowth, often curved and pointed, found in pairs on the heads of cattle, sheep, goats, giraffes, etc.
What Indians understand?
Horn (v): “Abe Gaadi Hata Saale…’

LINE
What the world understands?
Line (n): A straight or curved continuous extent of length without breadth.
What Indians understand?
Line (v): A way to approach girls, mostly in a cheesy way, Line Maarna.

SHOW
What the world understands?
Show (v): Be, allow, or cause to be visible (n): stage performance.
What Indians understand?
Show (v): An act imposed on you while a game of ‘Teen patti.’

PICTURE
What the world understands?
Picture (n): A painting or drawing.
What Indians understand?
Picture (v): An act of 3 hour entertainment in a cinema hall, pronounced as ‘picchur.’

PASTE
What the world understands?
Paste (n): A thick, soft, moist substance/ often used as an adhesive especially for sticking papers.
What Indians understand?
Paste (v): The thing you try to put on your brush in the morning while you are half asleep.

ENJOY
What the world understands?
Enjoy (v): Take delight or pleasure in (an activity or occasion)
What Indians understand?
Enjoy (v): The joy you experience often termed as ‘Rang Raliyaan Manana’ Ya ‘Gulcharey Udaana.’

NACHO
What the world understands?
Nacho (n): Triangular snacks typically topped with melted cheese & spices.
What Indians understand?
Nacho (v): Weird movements of hands & legs or any part, also termed as ‘Indi-dance.’

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