The Times of India (Sunday, October 24) takes you on a guided tour of Campus Lingo 2004. Articles of this kind are quite standard in Indian newspapers by now, so there are rarely any new slang words to report. You know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel when some journo notes that kids these days seem to be using words like 'stuff' and 'dude' a lot.
Still, there are a few interesting trends to note. Mumbai street lingo is working its way into mainstream vocabulary faster than ever, thanks to movies like Munnabhai MBBS. And maybe it's a sign of the times that there are now a variety of words to describe the wannabe hep. The behenji-turned-mod (BTM) is passe, her place has been taken by call-centre executives with their Instant American accents. This is the age of the B2B - the Bindu-to-Britney.