25 terms desis love to use

Published: November 18, 2015

This is usually a fancy piece of clothing reserved for a ‘dance party’ that sits in the closet unused and very lonely.

People of every country have their own slang, consisting of words they have either created or adopted. Here are some of ours: 

1. ‘Denim ki jeans’:

Well, what else would jeans be made of? Plastic?

This would be as redundant as saying ‘gosht ka insaan’ or ‘lohay ki gari’.

Yes, denim is the fabric used to make jeans. Thanks.

2. ‘Over smart’: Usually said on Facebook to someone perceived to be clever.

Only in Pakistan is intelligence used as a slur. Imagine parents using this on their children,

“Don’t try to be over smart. Stay within your limitations. You aren’t very intelligent after all.”

3. Dis/Dat/Dere:

Even today, there are people who type ‘dis’ instead of ‘this’, and it makes their arguments seem less intelligent.

No, no one will take your rants on Kashmir seriously if you say,

“dis is deir right!”

I don’t understand the point of omitting one extra letter. Is it to save space? Don’t be over smart.

4. ‘Imma’: Used as a substitute for ‘I am’.

Unlike other slang words, this actually uses more letters. I actually met someone who once said,

 “Imma school teacher.”

Well, is it a ‘special’ school?

5. ‘Cum’:

There are masoom (innocent) people who shorten the word ‘come’ into ‘cum’. They should probably do a few Google searches before saying things like,

“Imma cum over.”

Look, that’s just too much information.

6. ‘H1 hoW r Y0U I LoVE 2 TyPe LIKE DIS”:

Unless your keyboard is broken, there is no excuse to type like that.

Now, pL3a$e don’t CuM NeAR m3.

7. ‘Dance party’:

As Zarrar Khuhro said on Twitter, the sort of folks who say ‘Dance party’, don’t get invited to any sort of party.

8. ‘Party Dress’:

This is usually a fancy piece of clothing reserved for a ‘dance party’ that sits in the closet unused and very lonely… much like the sort of person who says ‘party dress’.

10. ‘Love marriage’:

As opposed to what? Hate marriage?

On second thought, hate marriage would be an appropriate term in Pakistan.

11. ‘Mention not’:

No, I am afraid I’ll have to.

12. ‘Nuff said:

Short for ‘enough said’, the correct use of this phrase is to complete a very short, usually emphatic sentence. Instead, what we do is end a sentence with ‘Nuff said, and then follow it with a five thousand word diatribe.

That’s not ‘Nuff said!

That’s *too much* said.

12. Shoo Cute/Shoo Shweet:

Any girl over the age of twelve caught using this phrase should be thrown off an airplane with a parachute after being trained by an instructor who graduated from an Axact university.

Please, mention not.

13. ‘Paid journalist’:

When certain not shoo sweet people dislike what a journalist says, they call them a paid journalist. Wait, you expect us to do this for free?

14. ‘Boi’:

This is why aliens don’t visit us.

15.  ‘Bae’:

This term of endearment for a significant other has spread like a disease across the world.

Chup bae!

16. ‘Lolzzz’:


Are you laughing yourself to sleep?

17. ‘Lmao’:

As the meme goes, this sounds like the calling of a very sophisticated cat,

“I would like to be fed some caviar. La’mow.”

18. Just sayin’:

Normally, this is used to take the heat off a rude or snarky comment by guys who think the overused phrase makes them sound cool.

You know what I say to such people?,

“You are a fool… just sayin’.”

19. ‘Jeanius’:

I am a man of simple pleasures, and I love it when two Pakistanis are arguing on the internet, and one sarcastically calls the other a ‘genius’, except that they can’t spell the word correctly.

Oh irony, how delicious you taste.

20. ‘Iska result bohot acha hai’:

For some reason, we use this term to describe the image quality or screen resolution of an electronic device, usually a cell phone or a camera.

21. ‘Aik fun hogaya’:

Yeh article parh kay aik fun hogaya.

English translation: One fun has happened after reading this article.

22. ‘Fresh up’:

If you are feeling tired, fresh up ker kay ajao.

23. ‘Best hai’:

Usually used to confirm that we like something. Best hai yaar!

24.  ‘Ultay haath ka thappar’:

Normally used by mothers when they are particularly angry. If a seeday haath ka thappar hurts then apparently the ultay haath variety hurts more. It is like a golfer selecting a more powerful club,

“Wait, I’ll need my nine iron for this.”

25. ‘Gardan tor bukhaar’:

When I was a kid, I thought this was a fever so severe, it left the patient thrashing in pain until they broke their neck. I don’t know what sort of a jeanius came up with this term.

Noman Ansari

Noman Ansari

The author is the editor-in-chief of IGN Pakistan, and has been reviewing films and writing opinion pieces for The Express Tribune as well as Dawn for five years. He tweets as @Pugnate (twitter.com/Pugnate)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Aalia Suleman

    Come on Noman…! Give us a break! That’s WHO we are. It defines us as a NATION! We type idiotically, use English nonsensically, and create phrases that leaves the Oxford Dictionary Board baffled. But at the end of the day….WE ARE PROUD OF IT….!!! People who agree, please haath uthaeeay….!Recommend

  • Muhammad Zahid

    very nice article.and quite an accurate one.Recommend

  • Yusranam

    i think i have already read some sort of that piece by you!!!Recommend

  • Parvez

    You changed tack at the right moment……and it was a pleasant change.
    You missed out on ‘ landsliding ‘ …… a term used even by our news casters and anchors. Also a lot has been said and written on ‘ fraandship ‘ mainly by females.Recommend

  • Bilal

    Denim is the brand sir. Is liye kehtey hain :pRecommend

  • MullaDiwana

    How ‘desi’ is related to Pakistan? Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    Haha Yes this is updated version. Recommend

  • yasir

    Noman meray dost! You don’t fail to disappoint me with your articles. Just wasted another 10 mins of my life. Recommend

  • Mariam Abbasi

    Agreed with few, they really made me look over my language… rest are normal i won’t consider them as |slang|Recommend

  • Saad

    i can only say that you were trying to be over smart and it failed badly. By the way ever heard of smarty pants? Its a negative connotation albeit a mild one. English is not a foreign language for Pakistan, thus we have the right to create our slurs, slang, acronyms and abbreviation as much as anyone from the England.

    Half of the words above are not only used in Pakistan but around the world by people who started chatting on IRC and AOL, when you didn’t have Facebook, Snapchat, Whatsapp and the rest.

    Also, you being ignorant here are a few more corrections:

    1. Jeans was not always only made from Denim cloth, hence the term Denim Jeans came about in US (not in Pakistan)
    2. Ultay haath ka thappar is from the back of your palm, which would result in you cheek being hit with the bony side of my hand and yes it would hurt you more and rightly so.
    3.Gardan-tor-bukhar is a strain of Meningitis
    4.All other words bae, boi, lolzzz, lmao just sayin are not our creations. If you want to know a Pakistani creation please look up LPD or better yet KLPD.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali

    love marriage against arranged marriage… and get over it. Unless you educate people you are going to get those sorts no matter what.Recommend

  • M

    You missed pseudo liberal boiiRecommend

  • 19640909rk .

    You can even have Jeans made of corduroy.Recommend

  • Jor El

    its a term extending across the subcontinent …Recommend

  • A

    My word of the day after reading this. Disappointing. A failed attempt at humour…. if that what it wasRecommend

  • Commemtator


  • Jahangir

    Very well said.Recommend

  • Hamza

    You hit the nail right on the head buddy, Facebook really turns annoying when your friends start calling you “Jaani” or a girl who you get to know after much conflict starts calling you “my shweet shweet mard”, i think you should do an article on the desperation of today’s Pakistani youthRecommend

  • Hamza

    says the guy who writes “commemtator” -_-Recommend

  • Idkfahm

    Hahaha manz should look up chief keefs twitter styll Recommend