THE NEW CONCISE SINHALA-ENGRISHY DICTIONARY An Expatriates'
Guide To New SriLankan Buzzwords
Sinhalese is a language which, although primarily of Sanskrit
origin, has absorbed a number of foreign words such as Paan, Mesa, Lapati
etc....In recent times English words have also been incorporated. Technological
advances can strain a language...Most new words and phrases originate from the
Universities or from the political arena...The following is a collection of new
buzz-words and phrases. More words will be added. Contributions welcome..E-mail us new
givisuma (phrase) Memorandum of understanding, MoU
givisuma=treaty, or Avabodha=we know what you are up to!,
Givisuma= we were only joking! Not worth the paper it is not written
on..we might change our minds. Usage:
"The Norwegians put pressure on us to sign a A...g..."(accepted); or
"Thogé Avabodhatha Givisuma ****!" etc (insult, usually in parliament);
"Aney balanna, that boy wants to have an Avabodhtha g. with me!" (slang,
usually teenage, s*xual innuendo).
Dheshapaalana adhikaari (phrase) Local
member of Parliament, crook, person born out of wedlock.
(Desha=country, palana=exploit, formerly govern,
adhikari=chief) Usage: "The glorious d..adhikari will open the
cattle market" (political, grovel); "Ado deshapalana adhikaariya!" (insult,
note use of derogative "adhikaariya").
Dhavala beeshanaya (phrase) White terror
(dhavala=white, beeshanaya=nasty piece of work) Usage: Ref. to
Portuguese as in "The Prutugeesi dhavala b.."(archaic), ref. to the UNP "Ranil
gé dhavala b.."(modern, political), Great White Shark: Dhavala B Mora
Dhavana sooriyawa (n) Sprinter, female i.e
Susanthika. Vulgar: Running away from, being chased after by Member of
Parliament. Other usage (teenage): Chasing girls (v) as in "Api dhavana
sooriyawa passen elewwa!"
Suhada saakachchava (phrase) pleasant
talk (lit.) but new usage: suhada=friendly, free;
saakachchava=exchange of pleasantries, gifts, bribes, free meal esp.
when someone else picks up bill. Also:(implied)"The Norwegians (or other
foreign embassy) are picking up the bill!". Teenage usage: " Let's go to
Majestic City for a s..s...with the Visakhian birds!"(slang,
Satangh viraamaya (ph) ceasefire
(lit.) origin. Satangh=war; but new usage: out of ammunition,
supply lines cut off, under pressure from George Bush or Norwegians, most
fighters are too fat to fight, uniforms don't fit, need to send children to
school in England, leaders in need of private medical treatment in Colombo (as:
"Apollo Satangh Viraama Ispirithalaya") applicable to both
Janabala meheyuma (ph) people's power
rally (lit, but usage different) Formerly: Hartal.
(janabala=people's power, thuggery,
intimidation, revolution, pol pot type revolution; meheyuma= rally,
excuse for: not going to work, throw stone, cause disruption, get
drunk, set fire to factory) Recent
usage:To intimidate the President and take a day off on Monday.
kadaakappal kireema.(v) ..kari, karaya
(n)disrupt; deliberate act of; wilful destruction, person
indulging in same. Usually normal behavior for Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna
(JVP). Disruption not necessarily physical but JVP not known to be
otherwise. Usage: Anything that the JVP
does... And also Pope John Paul II, disruptive influence on native Poland. As
in "Joan Pole gé kadakappalkari behaviour in
Polanthaya". Teenage usage: gen.
interfering parents and teenage love. Kadakappalkaraya: (n)
maaraanthika upavaasaya (ph) (lit.) Fast unto death.
Modern usage (slang): Dieting, esp after free meal at Galle Face Hotel or
excessive indulgence of MacDonalds. Also: M..upavaasa..isthanaya
(isthanaya=place) slimmers' clinic or Keep-fit studio (usually brothel with
Nonidana nagaraya (ph) Orig. political
speak "The City that never sleeps". Nonidana=not sleeping,
nagaraya=city. Common usage: No electricity at night in suburbs because
city lit up, mosquitoes and smell of rotting garbage disturbs sleep. Loud,
drunken neighbours esp univ. hostels.
Pirith noola (n)
Orig. single thread bracelet of relig.signific.(Buddhist). Modern: thick
bracelet of cotton thread ( sometimes bichromatic) worn by politicians on their
right wrists to balance the weight of the gold watch on the other, while at the
same time indicating their piety, hoodwink masses. Also ref:
(ph)(orig. English, sinhala) the land of the university, Hantana, (corrupt.) Campus freshek (n) (orig. English) what used to
be called a navakayek, (corrupt.) Freshman, fresher. lechek (n) (orig. English) a lecturer, not
a letcher baechek (n) (orig.
English) one belonging to a University 'badge', (corrupt.) Batch, as in
eggs. roomek (n) (orig.
English) one sharing a room, (corrupt.) Room mate. kraemek (n) (orig. English) one who
studies eg: 'magey rooma hari kraemek', (corrupt.) Crammer i.e studious person
(usally two weeks before exam.) maita (n) (orig. English) the coconut mite. ridhmaya (n) (orig. English) a new word
for 'thaalaya', (corrupt.) Rhythm. meetima (n) (orig. English) a new word for 'raesweema'
megaablaas (n) (orig.
English)the sound coming from a sangeetha sangdharshanaya, (corrupt.) Mega=big,