20 More Sri Lankanisms, Men.

Remember we told you we were saving up a few words for Sri Lankanisms Part Two? We meant it.

Here are the rest we weren’t able to incorporate in our last piece. We had a lot of fun making these, and remain eternally grateful for the existence of Nazly’s pictures.

1. Ela

“”Ela machan, ela.”

2. Adoh/ Adey

“Ado, get over here, now!”

“Adey, inga waa’ dah!

3. Shaa

My mind is blown. What wondrous things are those?

4. Bokkeng

Bokkeng love, machan. Bokkeng love. *thumps heart*

5. Ammatasiri

Ammatasiri, what the heck happened here?

6. Magula

This literally means ‘wedding’ or ‘marriage’, but has nothing to do with either.

7. Kehelmala

Oh, banana blossoms!

8. Amma Gahai

Run, Forrest, run.

9. Chik

Tis the time to shudder.

10. Sirawata

Fo’ Real, Mate.

11. Charter

That’s a really charter movie, man.

12. Ayyo

“”Ayyoooo machan! What the HECK did you just do?””

13. Men

Whaaat men…. No men….

14. Poda 

The equivalent to our last post’s palayan bung yanna.

15. Matta

He’s such a matta. We all know it.

16. Full Aathal

Maara aathal. Hena aathal. Lotsa fun.

17. Oi

It’s a good way to substitute someone’s name.

18. Bugger

This is a bit of an oldie. You get old uncles and aunties using this, or reliving memories of having used it in their heyday. It’s usually compounded with ‘bloody’, so it goes along the lines of “”You bloody bugger.”” You’re welcome.

19. Aniwa

“”I’ll be there on time. Aniwa deffa, machan, I’ll be there in five.””

20. Yako

We have a helluva lot of words for when we’re annoyed.

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