Jargon or slang is very informal language or specific words used by a particular group of people. You will usually hear slang spoken more often than you will see it put in writing, though emails and texts often contain slang words.
Listed here are some of the popular slang terms and phrases used by youth:
Yaar: In just about every conversation, “yaar” (friend) is a recurring slang term that’s used in casual social interactions between friends and sometimes even strangers who may be shopkeepers or autorickshaw drivers.
Waat Lag Gayi: If you’re in some serious trouble, then the situation would be quite apt to use this phrase, which means “we’re in trouble”. The phrase originated in Marathi, one of the regional languages, and initially became widespread in Mumbai. It became even more popular after it was used in the 2003 movie Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
Jhakaas: Another Marathi word that found its way into everyday lingo is “jhakaas” (fantastic).
Fattu: All of us have that one friend who’s a little bit of a fattu (wimp/coward), especially when it comes to breaking the rules every once in a while.
Bindaas: We also have that one friend who’s the coolest one in the group, who’s unbelievably chilled out at all times and always fun to be around. That person rightfully earns the bindaas (cool/chilled out) title.
Jugaad: The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word jugaad as “a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way”. In India, jugaad (flexible & innovative way to solve a problem – but not very reliable) is a way of life. Indians can get out of any tricky situation and have solutions to problems of every nature, all thanks to jugaad.
Oye: Oye is comparable to “hey”. But among close pals, oye is interchangeable with your friends’ names. So, if someone calls you oye instead of your name, you know there’s a close bond between the two of you. It is also a word used to grab the attention of someone who is younger than you.
Vella: Vella is a word mostly used in Delhi and parts of North India. It indicates a person who is lazy or useless at most things. A close equivalent in English would be the word “loser”.
Pakau: Pakau (boring) is a slang term used to refer to a very annoying person. In some contexts, it is also used to define a person who can be extremely boring.
Dhinchak: Anything that’s too flashy can be classified as dhinchak. It’s similar in meaning to “bling”, but dhinchak (flashy/blingy/showy) applies to a lot of other things and isn’t limited to jewellery. A dhinchak person, for instance, is someone who tries to show off a lot.
Chalu: Denoted as a clever person. This is usually used in negative connotation.
Funda: Funda (fundamentals) is a term especially popular among youth who use it in the context of ideas.
Bak Bak: This is used when the listener has no interest in what the other person or group is chatting about, the slang bak bak (Chattering) is used to describe the interaction.
Mast: “Mast” (awesome) is commonly used when someone is asked how something is, such as a service, food or a new product/device features.
Tapri: Mumbaikars have given their own meaning to the word Tapri – a shanty tea stall strategically situated at the corner of a street, outside college campus near offices and outside railway stations.
Baba ji ka thullu: The most sarcastic tone that is widely used between buddies meaning absolutely nothing.
Hawabaazi: Generally used for a friend/person who is a show off.
Chep: When someone we don’t like keeps roaming around us and always tries to start a conversation in which we are never interested. We call them “chep”, the one who is like a “fevicol ka jodd”.
Kya scene hai Aaj ka?: We don’t make plans, we make a scene. Every morning we wake up, the first text that we send to our friend is, “bhai, scene kya hai aaj ka?”
Bhasad: When there is suddenly a problem that crops up, this term is highly used by Delhities. It means a problem or trouble.
Bhand: “Bhand hai yeh toh”. Yes, this word actually sounds very creepy but is actually used for the one who is “talli” and is always or highly intoxicated.
Tantey: “Life me bade tantey ho rakhe hai yar”. This Delhi slang basically means problems and issues happening in life.
Chomu: Chomu refers to someone who is an innocent and a foolish person who doesn’t know how to tackle the worldly schemes & plans.
English is a funny language and the millennial generation has developed many terminologies that the Gen X or Y members probably wouldn’t be familiar with.
Here is a look at some popular jargons/slang words that are commonly used these days and what they mean:
Obvio: Short for ‘Obviously’.
Savage: Used to refer to someone or something that ridicules another person in a way that is borderline rude.
Lit: Used to express something that is enjoyable, memorable and exciting.
SOS: Someone Over Shoulder. Used while texting or chatting online; to express that there is someone around the speaker and to be conscious of what the respondent sends.
Woke: This implies that one should stay up to date with the recent social and economic events. Basically about what is currently trending.
Roast: Making fun of someone.
Extra: Used to refer to someone who is being overdramatic or exaggerating.
BAE: Short for ‘Before Anyone Else’. Used to refer to someone who is priority.
Basic: Used to refer to someone who is unoriginal and lacks uniqueness.
Feels: Used to express emotional connectivity with the concerned subject.
Goals: Used as reference to express someone’s ability to be like/mirror the concerned subject.
LMK: Short for ‘Let Me Know’ – Used as an indicator of keeping one informed.
HMU: Short for ‘Hit Me Up’ – Used to tell others to get in touch with oneself.
TBH: Short for ‘To Be Honest’ – Used to indicate the fact that one is being truthful of what’s being spoken about.
Chill: Can be an adjective to describe someone who is cool to spend time with or something that’s fun to do. It can also be used as a directive to calm down.
Lowkey: Is slightly, secretly, modestly or discretely.
Highkey: Is when you are sincerely or assertively into something.
Shook: When someone is affected by something, usually negatively and emotionally.
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