Over the past few months, I’ve met a huge number of Pakistanis here in Toronto. Unlike the ones from back in Dubai, who become an interesting blend of Dubai’an-Paki, the ones here are unadulterated. As such, I’ve learnt more about the mindset and culture of urban Pakistanis in the last 5 months than I ever did in 18 years in DXB.
Overwhelmingly, the Pakistanis here are from the 2 biggest cities: Karachi- the most populous city and the center of commerce- and Lahore- the cultural capital of the country.
As in many countries with 2 cities at the forefront (Brazil: Sau Paulo-Rio, Spain: Barca-Madrid, US: NYC, LA), there is a passionate rivalry between Khi’ites & Lahoris; the debate ranges from cricket to cuisine to nightlife. What I found fascinating is the difference in the Urdu(de facto main language in both) slang between the two cities. Khi’ites have a narrower body of slang, they tend to use more English loanwords than Lahoris, while the latter have a strong Punjabi influence and take generous creative license with the Urdu language. Thanks to lahoriii at Lahore Metblogs for some of these:
Khi Lahore Meaning in EnglishTafri Shugal Fun, Chilling
Kuch Nahin Hota Koi Nahin No worries Set hai Fit hai Sounds good Girl/Guy Bandi/Banda Girl/Guy Farigh Wela Idle, Got all the time in the world Bharam N/A Attitude N/A Cheeta Someone brilliant, baller N/A Miss Karao Screw it, forget it N/A Chaa gaya/Yeh Cheez! Awesome!/You rock Dar gayee Pack ho gayee Got freaked out Kuch Bhi Bongi Bulls*&t Bharambaaz N/A Showoff
Lush push Chikni Hot, sexy
Please feel free to suggest some more or fill in the blanks…