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’s 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 that fuzzy feeling 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 of some words and phrases you can throw around in Chennai and be accepted as one of our own.