Bigg Boss Tamil & its indelible lingo

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 13:27 hrs
Bigg Boss Tamil

The show may be over. We may still be mulling over the winner. We still rehash the scandals when we’re shooting the breeze. All this we expect to die a slow death and fade away. But what we expect will stay is the lingo that this house sewed into our vocabulary. As it rolls off our tongue, it only seems natural. Below are the words and phrases - some colloquial, some formal - from 100-days of Bigg Boss Tamil that have claimed ample spots in our conversations.

Nooru Sadhavidham

This was an oft-repeated phrase and almost featured on every episode. At this point we would like to introduce a term - ‘Snehanism’ to encompass key words and phrases that Snehan uttered numerous times within the house. And Nooru Sadhavidham leads the list of Snehanisms. This strong contender for the title, gave it levity. He said it with so much conviction to make a point that the rest of the housemates adopted the phrase whenever their motives were in question.

This too, is a ‘Snehanism’. It’s a familiar word to all those who speak Tamil. But never before has it been used with such frequency and potency to assert something. Associated with Snehan, it grew to be a reassuring term as well.

Neenga Shut Up Pannunga
Admittedly the most popular phrase to come out of the show, it has its own T-shirt and cult status. All thanks to the person who uttered them - Oviya. The phrase is a mix of politeness and ‘in-your-faceness’, traits that we’ve come to love in Oviya. The polite request aspect stems from Neenga and the urbane, brusque and frank bit is evident in the latter half of the phrase. It’s a succinct and sure-fire way to shush people up in style.

Ada Ponga Yaa!<
A term to brush things off, it is best said with the same flick of the wrist and ease as Raiza. She suffused it with a chill, Que-Sera-Sera vibe.

It’s now synonymous with Shakthi. It was used by everybody in the house, but the reason why Shakthi is most famously remembered for it is because he brought the word up constantly in his interactions with Oviya. It is now our go-to word when we’re on our last nerve.

Maruthuva Muttham
A controversial term, it still is the reason why many have trouble digesting Aarav as the winner of Season 1. The way the word came into being was during an explosive phase of the show - when Oviya had had a meltdown and exited the house. All eyes, and even sympathy were with Aarav. That’s until host Kamal Haasan dropped the bomb. There was a kiss. Despite Aarav’s claim of not having led her on, there was a kiss. And a kiss involves two people. The way he admitted to it, and the way he projected it smacked of a certain callousness. But what was more disconcerting was how this incident was brushed aside without even a second thought by the contestants, where as every small misstep by either Oviya, Julie, Raiza or anyone else in the house was given undue gravitas.

A word that was introduced to us and the housemates in a bitter-sweet fashion. It was a snapshot of the worst and the best. And often times, only the worst. It revealed many a shade of the contestants. And today, it’s become a term to issue a threat made in jest.

First thing that comes in mind is the fish. But think of the ‘calcium’ episode with Gayathri and Kamal Haasan , and you’ll figure out the right pronunciation. The addition of this word to our vocabulary has certainly kept our Tamil in good shape.

Thanks to Kamal Haasan, we’ve learnt some literary and formal Tamil words through this show. This term that sounds erudite, has now come to popularly represent our everyday chit-chat.

Appa tucker
Popularised by Gayatri when she cleared the air by stating what she really meant when she pointed to her hair. It is now a colloquialism that has gone mainstream with prime-time backing.

It’s sad and unfortunate that the first person we think of when one says the word ‘fake’ in the Bigg Boss context, is Julie. An outsider, she had her work cutout with all the filmy folk inside. Not to defend everything she did, but we could cut her some slack. But regardless of whether she likes it or not, this is a term that’s come to represent a person trying too hard.

Never again will we use this term lightly. It’s reserved only for the best, even-tempered, fair-hearted and resolute friend like Ganesh Venkatraman.

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