A few expressions are just not good enough in any other language but Gujarati. There’s something special about the Gujju dialect that touches your heart. Here is a collection of words you’ve heard of if you are close to a gujju. Powered by iDiva, these posters say it all.
Throwing a tantrum. Showing disapproval in an evident, aggressive fashion. “When we refused to buy him that ice cream, he did a lot of dhampachada in the mall.”
This is the verb form of the word ‘chaos’. When someone is creating too much chaos, I prefer to say “Itna ghamagham kyun kar raha hai woh”. It could be used in either situations-a street fight or an angry email.
Nothing describes naïve better than the word ‘ghoghi’. “That ghoghi just did not understand that she was being hit on.”
‘Vaydo nai ban’ is ‘Don’t act smart’.
It is used when someone is so silly that it’s funny. “Itna babuchak jaisa hai re yeh.”
There is no single English word for this. It means someone to the effect of over enthusiastic. ‘Harakh’ is happy and ‘padudi/o’ is padudi/o
This means ‘dedh shaana’ or over smart.
Puppy. Try calling a puppy ‘galudio’ and you’ll know there is so much emotion attached to it.
The round vessel most Indian kitchens have. It is usually used to boil milk. It is not a pan or a wok, but deep and cylindrical. This word is sometimes used when people get a crew cut, because the haircut looks like someone placed a tapedi on the head and cut of the visible hair.
PODADA NI JEM
Something to the effect of ‘a gunny sack’. “He sits in front of the television all day ‘podada ni jem”.
Pretty much means ‘f*^k off’ or ‘chal chal’. It is a loud and clear disapproval of what someone else has just said. It is effective only when said aloud. ‘Kapad’ is forhead and ‘taru’ is yes. I am not sure why it means ‘get lost’. But when someone says “I know a man who has travelled to Mars,” my reply is “kapad taru”.
This is a Gujarati improvisation of the word ‘baby’. A baby girl is ‘baby’ but a baby boy is ‘babo’. Because anything ending in ‘y’ or ‘I’ is of the female gender, such as chokri. But names that end with ‘al’ are unisex, such as Sheetal, Deepal, Hetal.
THE BOTTOM LINE: We Gujjus ROCK!