Tag Archives: Urdu


Urdu slang insult/swearing

Context: The informant is a college-age male whose parents are both from Pakistan originally. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. He currently lives in Southern California in a joint family and has also visited Pakistan multiple times since he was very young. He recalls a curse his father would say “when he… Continue Reading »

Tuntun-Tuntun-Taara

Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Chhat par billi bhaagi hai, Neend se (Baby) jaagi hai Chhat par billi bhaagi hai, Neend se (Baby) jaagi hai Billi ne chuhe ko maara Hai! Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Tuntun-tuntun-taara Baje raat ke baaran Galli me bola chawkidaar, “Choron se rehna hushiyar” Galli… Continue Reading »

Urdu childhood rhyme

Context: The informant is a college-age male whose parents are both from Pakistan originally. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. He currently lives in Southern California in a joint family and has also visited Pakistan multiple times since he was very young. His extended family in Pakistan includes many young uncles… Continue Reading »

Evil eye sayings

Context: The informant is a grandmother of 8 whose parents were originally from Afghanistan but settled in Pakistan. She also lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and has a working knowledge of Farsi, Arabic, and Punjabi along with her native Urdu. She says that a common thing to say when you see someone  in… Continue Reading »

Ungus, Bungus, Tipopi

Context: The informant is a grandmother of 8 whose parents were originally from Afghanistan but settled in Pakistan. She also lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and has a working knowledge of Farsi, Arabic, and Punjabi along with her native Urdu. This story is a popular one among her grandchildren; here it is transcribed in… Continue Reading »