the paraphernalia of a bride, vestments and furniture of every kind which a bride brings to her husband's house; bride's portion, a dowry
place of sacred ablution performed before prayer, a place for ablution, washing face, hands and leg before the Islamic prayers
saa.np kaa kaaTaa rassii se Dartaa hai
one who has been bitten by a snake dreads a piece of rope, once bitten twice shy
adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, shout to call, Muslim summon to prayers (usually chanted from the turret of a mosque)
Rekhta Dictionary Blog
Read tailor-made fun-facts and analysis of selected Urdu Words and learn more about the journey of their meaning
Stories behind Sayings: Brave Enough to Brag
How funny it is that the moment we hear someone go on a rant about their guts and grits, we know it's an act of bravado and almost instantly blurt out, ‘BaDe Tees Maar Khan Ho!’. But do you know how this backhanded compliment-cum-saying came about ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 09 December 2021
5 Contronyms of Urdu that you barely knew existed!
Just like humans, words, too, can sometimes behave contradictorily. Thankfully, we have a term for those words that have this strange linguistic condition – Contronyms, or Janus words. In Roman mythology, Janus is considered the God of duality, and ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 06 December 2021
5 Urdu words and how they are Really Pronounced!
A word’s actual utterance getting vulgarized in our everyday speech, is just Uber-common. Let’s take the word pronunciation itself, how often do we hear it as Pro-noun-ci-ation ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 03 December 2021
5 other ways to say Mubarak-Bad in Urdu
Whether it’s Eid or Diwali; the daughter graduating or the son grabbing his first job; bringing home your first pet dog or that dog giving birth to a pup, however modest or momentous the occasion is, our expression is almost always the same, ‘Mubarak ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 30 November 2021
Stories behind Sayings: Camel (f)or Cat?
Sayings are where the constraints of grammar fall flat. Sayings are where the limits of our language are pushed. Sayings are where everyday speakers insert their ‘Private Meanings’, (hello, Wittgenstein lovers) ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 27 November 2021
Banaaiye Bhi, Pakaaiye Bhi, magar, zaraa dekh kar!
‘To do, or to cook?’ shed some light on two of our most common verbs that we often use interchangeably. These are ‘Banaanaa’, to make, prepare; to contrive (slang), and ‘Pakaanaa’, to cook; to bore (slang) ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 24 November 2021
Rihaaish: The Word we’ve All Got Completely Wrong!!
‘Rihaaish’, a word that’s nowhere to be found in our classical poetry, but features a lot after its wane, means a stay, dwelling, residence, and also a delay (spatial) ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 21 November 2021
All that you don’t know about the word Ustad, is keeping you from becoming one!
Ustad, originally came from the Zend language, even appearing in the Zoroastrian religious text ‘Avesta’, meaning a knower of Avesta ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 18 November 2021
KHulaasa-e-KHulaasa: Opening the word KHulaasa
KHulaasa actually means the purest part of something. A word that really can help us wrap our heads around it is the Hindi word NichoD, or the essence of a matter; ‘baat kaa nichoD yeh hai kih…’ ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 15 November 2021
The Strange Connection between Dastak and Baalak
Baalak (Baal + Ak), thus, means a little Boy or ChhoTa Bachha and Dastak (Dast + Ak), although it means a knock at the door ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 12 November 2021
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