There is one way to gauge your local-ness: swear words. But don’t worry, this isn’t that kind of write up. Local Tamil is the holy matrimony of crass and class. So, here are three quick ways to tell if you’re a pakka local:If you giggle when your friend asks you, “You want to go play some pool?” If you hear someone say “What the” really fast, and feel fuzzy inside if you know the lyrics and translation to Aluma Doluma.
If you did not qualify according to the above three criteria, not to worry. Here’s a crash course on some words and phrases from Tamil Lingo you can throw around in Chennai and be accepted as one of our own.