a merchant or trader of small capital or stock-in-trade, a petty merchant, bankrupt, broke
suup to suup chhalnii bhii bolii jis me.n bahattar chhed
the kettle calling the pot black, the defective person should look at its own defects before opening the tongue, the one who have a clean image, then it is brag
an election that happens at a different time from a main election, to choose a Member of Parliament to replace one who has died or left his or her job, by-election
Rekhta Dictionary Blog
Read tailor-made fun-facts and analysis of selected Urdu Words and learn more about the journey of their meaning
Waapas: Returning to our Wordly Roots
A word is often meshed with so many warps and wefts (Taana-Baana) that we barely ever realize how nuanced the fabric of language is. But once we do, it seems like nothing short of a fit! On the back of this allegorical intro, let’s return to our tra ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 01 August 2022
Lahja Vs Lahza - Know the Difference!
A great many words in our everyday rhetoric are mispronounced, and no better testament to that exists besides the ‘J’-for-‘Z’ confusion. Take Zamaana spoken as Jamaana, Zor as Jor, Marzi as Marji, and so on ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 20 June 2022
Waghaira: Etymology, Usage, Waghaira Waghaira!
Words often conceal more than they convey. Today, we’ll be unpicking, unpacking, and more, a word we use countless times every day, but are only getting to know now. Waghaira, our very own etcetera, is a word we use here, there, and everywhere. It’s ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 16 June 2022
Epizeuxis: Socho Socho Kya Hai Ye!
Last week I dropped in on an old friend for dinner. Since I had arrived early - around 5-ish - her mother offered tea, which I was only too kind not to refuse. Cutting to the chase, we had tea. It was around 6:15 and we started noshing in on some sna ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 13 June 2022
Alaava Az Alaava: What's More than Moreover
The interplay between a word’s literal and colloquial use often results in discoveries beyond interesting! In this blog, we’ve dug out a familiar - yet not-completely-known word - that might raise your eyebrow to the top ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 09 June 2022
Word Builders: The “Paa” you haven't Found Yet!
Last time around, we picked a tiny, tiny word ‘Jaa’ to lay bare how words actually build our everyday lexicon. Continuing the series, here I am bringing you another little word that has enabled several other words to come to their feet ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 28 April 2022
Word-Builders: The Other ‘Jaa’ in your Vocab
As odd as it may sound, the smallest piece in a puzzle is often the most central to its coming together. It’s also the one that takes the least space and eventually can’t find its place on the maze, at all! On the maze of words too, there are tin ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 28 February 2022
Birth of the Urdu language!!
Urdu was born in the 12th century from the regional Apabhramsha of northwestern India. This newly-born speech was a breed of amalgamation of the Hindu and Muslim cultures (during the 12th to 16th centuries); a composite product of Ganga-Jamuna tehzee ...continue reading
by Sabah Kausar | 21 December 2021
Know to Say No in Urdu? Know You Don’t!
During the Victorian times, one unsaid phrase of caution was known by all women alike: ‘You must know how to say no. ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 18 December 2021
kaTh hujjati ho ya kaT hujjati, hain donon buri
’’ہم ’کٹ حجتی‘ لکھتے اور بولتے رہے ہیں۔ ریختہ میں بھی ہم نے دیکھا تو کٹ حجتی ہی ہے۔ ’’کٹ حجتی‘‘ کے معنی ہیں: ’’خواہ مخواہ کی بحث، بحث برائے بحث،اپنی بات پر اڑنا، ضد سے کام لینا، بے جا حجت‘‘۔ لیکن جناب ابونثر نے ’’کٹھ حجتی‘‘ لکھا ہے، آیا یہ زیادہ فصی ...continue reading
by احمد حاطب صدیقی (ابو نثر) | 15 December 2021
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