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What is the origin of Mumbai's "tapori" language? Where else is it spoken?

Asked by cyrus irani, 12 Jul '09 04:11 pm
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Tapori literally translates into vagabond or rowdy in Hindi. Street thugs in Mumbai were perhaps the most notable taporis. Their unique style of speaking Hindi was called tapori language. They also had a unique style of dressing, which they called as tapori style. Tapori culture though resented by many is widely imitated by many as humorous or comical. It has found acceptance in Bollywood films. They are the equivalent of gangstas in Hollywood films. Their style of speaking Hindi is a mixture of many languages spoken by people in Mumbai. It has words adapted mainly from Marathi, and some from Gujarati, Kannada, and Tamil. It also has a few Hindi words spoken by people of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh due to heavy migration of these people to Mumbai city. Tapori is original Marathi word meaning Blossomed, fully fertile or at its peak in growth , which during its evolution/progression(towards dark side) in the Marathi language started its application to as someone with high youth eleme ...more
Answered by Jack Johnson, 12 Jul '09 06:17 pm

 
  
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Tapori is the colloquial language used by Mumbai\'s stree thugs and has become well known (popular is perhaps not the right word) because of its portayal in some Bollywood movies which are watched all over India. A couple of decades ago, Mehmood portrayed a Hyderabadi Hindi in a movie and it became a craze at that time as it too had its own colourful style@
Answered by rajesh prajapati, 12 Jul '09 05:10 pm

 
  
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Tapori is the unique slang form of Hindi spoken in Mumbai. The word tapori\' in Hindi means rowdy, implying that tapori has its origins in the slang used by the street thugs of Mumbai. Although the slang is used mostly in Mumbai, it is now imitated and used for fun in several parts of India, thanks to several Bollywood movies, like Munnabhai MBBS. Tapori is also called Bombaiya Hindi, Bombay Hindi, Mumbaiyya, or Bhindi.
Answered by iqbal ahmed, 12 Jul '09 04:16 pm

 
  
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