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Is your Sunday longer than your Monday?

Find out what that means and more at Samosapedia, a website that decodes South Asian lingo.
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A group of young girls in Bangladesh. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

Look, I don't want to eat your head, but I really think you should check out this site Samosapedia.

It's a pretty interesting decoder of South Asian culture across the board.

Hey, are you delibrately avoiding making eye contact with me, or are you looking London, talking Tokyo?

"Part dictionary, part inside joke for more than 1.5 billion people," Samosapedia is "a crowd-sourcing attempt at compiling a 'more better' guide to English as it is spoken in South Asia," according to the Associated Press.

In fact it is much more than that.

Part of what the founders set out to do is preserve the 400 living languages of South Asia, the site's founders told CNN earlier this month:

Nowhere else in the world, unless you take the entire continent of Africa as a whole, would you find the linguistic diversity we have amongst the South Asian diaspora.

South Asians cumulatively constitute a huge part of humanity, and so we felt that it was about time we shared the bubbling wellspring of mirth in our heads with the rest of the world.

Put it's hardly a straight-up scholarly attempt at taking ethnography. In the short month since it was launched, people have contributed more than 2,500 terms, many of which are humorous recaps of South Asian idiosyncracies. 

For instance, "passed out" refers to "the act of graduating from school, college or a university; 'pass' as in 'get through' and 'out' as in, well, 'out of school/ college/ university'. Has nothing to do with the consequence of ten vodka shots on an empty stomach."

Somewhere in Bangladesh, someone's grandmother may be cringing, but for the young and vibrant members of the South Asian diaspora, the site reflects a unifying identity at home and abroad.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/south-asia-language-culture

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