Having stayed at NITK hostel for about 3 years now, I have realized that one of the things that you are imbued with is a whole new set of vocabulary. No I don’t mean the one which actually improves your English and helps you get a 1500+ GRE score. I am talking about the vocabulary that is completely native to the hostel. The one you will be able to use only when you have your hostel mates around you. I am referring to the vocab that will become a part of your life style in the hostel. Now the following is a brief list of that same vocabulary. I have tried to include as much as I can recollect at this moment. I have also made an attempt to trace its origins and parallel meanings. Any suggestions for further improvements are welcome. Ok so here goes:
1. Wastage: Now this is a very widely used word. It can serve many purposes. For instance, it can act as a word to describe something or somebody which/who has screwed up. Else it can also be used to refer to certain situations which are of no worth whatsoever. In fact it’s widest use is as a form of addressal for anyone in the hostel. Like, “ Hey you wastage, come fast!” And the response goes something like, “ Ya coming, wait!” It can also refer to a collection of people who put together have some aspect inferior in them. An instance is the number of the lot that one got, to pick the room of their choice. All the people who ended up with bad lots (>300- also known as 300 whore club( see below)-) were collectively termed as Wastages.
2. Whore: Now this is a term used to refer exclusively to the junta around you. It is not necessarily used in the derogatory sense even though a very few actually use it only when they are frustrated by someone else. It is sometimes prefixed with the name of the individual who is being addressed. So it ends up like “Harin Whore!” (name changed to protect identity). It is probably the most widely used lingo in my wing. It can also refer to a certain section of the junta here who have something in common. Like there are “Mech whores”, or “Trical whores” or in general “ #Branch Whores”. One of the very prominent section who are addressed thus are the “NV Whores”. Here the NV stands for Non-Veg and the NV whores refer to the people who eat at the highly acclaimed Non-Veg mess in the hostel. These “whores” are known to go in batches to the mess. Now one of the interesting thing about the term “Whore” is that it has got an adjective form as well in “Whoreness”. So any situation that is not really appreciated well is described as above.
3. Take it!: Take it! ( or in the past tense Took it!) can refer to any situation when somebody happened to get things go against him/her due to various reasons. Usually the things that go wrong are due to someone who made things go wrong for someone else. Now the former is said to have “Given it!” and the latter is said to have “Took it!” It is usually followed with another widely used term that was described above. Thus it’s usual form ends up as “ Harin took it like a Whore!” (Again name changed to protect identity). It is considered to be a major embarrassment if one happens to “Take it!” often.
4. Suck Dingy: This is a lingo that is used by junta here who deliberately want to “Give it!” to someone else. It essentially is meant to cause considerable embarrassment to the person who “Takes it”. Here is how it is delivered. A group of people, any number greater than 1, draw the attention of the person to whom they want to “Give it!” and once they have that person’s attention, they perform an action that explicitly conveys the message that the other person has to suck their genitals. And simultaneously they shout “ Suck Dingy!” Now the judging criteria as to whether the other person “Took it” or not is based solely upon the fact as to whether or not he saw the people who “gave it” to him at the time of the “giving”. If he happens to have seen the people then he is supposed to have “Taken it like a Whore!”. Else he almost took it. But it is usual practice to consider that the person at the receiving end to have “taken it” without regard to him seeing something else at that time. Also a “Suck Dingy” is not constrained by time and place.
5. –Yard: The term ‘-yard’ is always used as suffix to any activity or phenomenon that takes place in our everyday life. It can be used both as a derogatory and otherwise. Some instances include Sleepyard, Slogyard, Bunkyard, Humpyard and so on.
Ok now I have spent quite a lot of time on this that I feel I should be studying now as I have my exams coming up in a few days. So I will complete the Lingo List next time when I have time. Till then – SLOGYARD!!!