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12 Buzzwords Of 2007

Not much exercised by le mot juste, Indians fell back on these ever and anon

12 Buzzwords Of 2007
Headless Chickens - (n.)
Original definition: member of parliament; revised definition: member of press; final definition: people whom Ambassador Ronen Sen holds in great esteem and admiration.


Manglik - (n.)
Astrologically doomed person who may or may not be a green-eyed member of a famous farming family, and quickly needs to marry a tree.

Growth with Equity - (n.)
Favourite hand-wringing phrase of those who cannot decide whether they are for or against economic liberalisation.


Twenty20 - (n.)
Sport for the modern Indian; takes half as long, hits twice as hard, has dancing women and finally makes you feel like a winner.


Rupee Virus - n.)
A medical condition that has caused weakness and depression in IT and other export-based industries.


Operationalise - (v.)
To be used in conjunction with the words 123 and Hyde Act, to sound knowledgeable about the Indo-US nuclear deal.


Narcoanalysis - (n.)
Technique used to ‘nab’ murderers and flesh-eaters, without taking the trouble to conduct an actual police investigation. Eg: "Dacoit admits to Kennedy assassination under narcoanalysis, says DGP."

Judicial overreach - (n.)
Issuing directions on street-food vendors and nursery school admissions, while the judicial backlog hits three crore cases.


Brahmin Jodo Abhiyan - (n.)
Magic formula to propel yourself into an absolute majority, thereby giving you the power to name everything in Lucknow after either Ambedkar or Kanshi Ram.

Silent voter - (n.)
Gujarati who comes to the rescue of exit pollsters who get their predictions wrong.


Chak De - (v./tr.)
Rallying battle-cry of the year for everybody, from cricketwalas to Congresswalas


Near-miss - (n.)
A "safely" averted mid-air collision; a rare occasion when you are happy to have nearly missed a flight


illustrations by Sandeep Adhwaryu

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