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Bangalore Kannada is a vernacular dialect of the Indian language, Kannada, which serves as the official language of the state of Karnataka, as the native language of approximately 65% of its population and as one of the classical languages of India.
This dialect is primarily spoken by youth and in informal discourse between locals. This slang is quickly picked up by the outsiders who live in Bangalore.
Bangalore Kannada is spoken by the native people almost everywhere: at home, in educational institutions and other places. Bangalore and Mysore Kannada are the most commonly used in other mediums such as plays and movies.
Localities/areas in which Kannada is dominant include Basavanagudi, Basaveshwaranagar, Chamrajpet, Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar, Banashankari, Sadashivanagar, Vijayanagar, Jayanagar, J P Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, K.R market, Madhavnagar, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Hebbala,Hosakerehalli, Kalasipalya, Konankunte, Padmanabhnagar, Hanumanthnagar, V.V.Puram, Kumarswamy layout, Kathriguppe, Kengeri, Bidadi, Chandra layout, Kamakshipalya, Kamalanagar, Mahalaxmi layout, Nandini layout, Yeshwanthpur, Peenya Industrial Area, Jalahalli, Yelahanka, Dollars colony, RMV extension, Jnanabharti campus & surroundings, Hesaraghatta, Nagarbhavi, Vidyaranyapura etc. In other newer areas, one may hear other languages along with Kannada.
Through the years various radio stations have been popularising the language amongst youth and the large IT workforce of this city.
Some commonly used phrases, slangs or words specific to Bangalore Kannada are:
- bombaat, sakkath - meaning awesome/cool
- bejaan - a lot
- kudumi - bookworm
- Chamak, dose - To scare someone in a funny way
- Sisya - your trusted buddy
- Chindi - amazing
- Takat thogo - eat food
- Boni - first sale of the day
- kedi - cunning guy
- tight aagbittidaane - highly drunken man
- meter - a measure of someone's braveness
- Thukaali - waste fellow
- Kirik aagthide - A fight happening between 2 people or groups
These words can be slang or catchy words, and can also be combined into Kanglish [Kannada+English].
For instance, "just maja maadi", meaning, "chill out", is a phrase popularized by one of the city's radio stations "Enjoy maadi" and "swalpa adjust maadi" are other such popular Kanglish phrases. ("Maadi" literally means "do" or "make".)