Here's a list of words that will help you ease in a bit and comprehend what people are trying to say. Before long, this will be akin to your mother tongue.
-aap(a) - /aap/- suff. - A highly productive morpheme put as a suffix to nouns. Eg. random-aap(a), arbit-aap(a)
-(a)u - /(aa)-oo/ - suff. - Used to adjectiv-ify nouns. Eg Machau, katau, poltu, cracku. (See macha, kat, poltu, crack.)
arbit - /ar-bit/ - Short for arbitrary. Something you say when you can't think of anything else to say.
babe - /bayb/ - noun - An exceptionally good-looking bandi (See bandi)
bandi - /bun-dee/ noun A non-male. A rare species in IIT.
chamka - /chum-ka/ - verb - to understand.
chamkaa - /chum-kaa/ - verb - to explain. E.g. Typical convo : 'Chamkaa na!' 'Blah blah. Chamka?' 'Chamka.'
cog - /kaug/ - noun - copy.
coordie - /cord-ee/ - noun - Coordinator. Person who is incharge of an event.
crack - /crakk/ - noun, verb also craxxx (when the number of x's exceed 8, pronounced as /craks-ks-ks-ks-ks-ks/) - a big-time achievement
DAC - /dack/ - noun - Disciplinary Action Committee. The worst thing that can ever happen to you - especially if you break the rules.
dadda - /dudd-AA/ - noun - Dual Degree students (also, daddi)
daya - /the-YA also the-YAAAAAA/ - adj. a substitute for any term/action with a negative/positive connotation you might/might not want to use. Eg. "Kya daya aadmi hai!", "Kya daya kar raha hai!", "Dayaaaaaaaa!"
Dekh lena yaar - Polt-time lingo (used to request for publicity or sequester votes). (See polt(u))
delta - /del-taa/ - noun/adj./adv. - Little. Like infinitesimal, but greater. Eg. "Delta help chahiye" "Delta namak de"
dep - /depp/ - noun Department. Just another prison cell.
despo - /day-spo/ - adj. - short for desperate. applies for a typical IITian (especially males). One could be a despo for money, food or bandi (See bandi)
ditch - /d-ich/ - excl. Drop the old plan (and start working on a new one!)
DoSA - /dosa/ - noun - Dean of Student Affairs. (Almost) Everything under the sun comes under his discretion.
enthu - /enthu/ - verb - Enthusiastic. Eg "Kaun hai enthu" "Kisi enthu punter ko jugaado" (See jugaad)
fart - /fART/ - noun, verb, adj. excl. One word which we are unable to define, simply because of the fact that it has so many different meanings (It is rumoured that the word is the topic for a PhD thesis). We stop at giving you the most common way it is used "Kya fart hai!"
faadu - /faa-Du/ - (See crack)
farra - /fu'r-rah/ - noun. FR. A grade you totally, desperately, insanely want to avoid
fight - /fite/ - verb, also noun - To try very hard for something. Eg "Bahut fight hai" "Fight maar. Give up mat maar."
freshie - /fresh-ee/ - noun - First Year student.
funda(e) - /fund-aa OR fund-ay/ - noun - Tricks of the trade.
generaal - /jen-eh-r'aal formerly zen-eh-r'aal/ - Nothing in particular. Eg: "What's up?" "Generaal"
ghoda - /gho-Da/ - noun - Freshies employed for seemingly awesome tasks. Also, ghoda-giri.
god - /gawd/ - adj. - as in Tu God hai (meaning, you are awesome, or you are The One). Also, Godmax and Godgiri.
-giri - /gee-ree/ - suff. - used as in Gandhigiri, Dadagiri. Also, applies to RG-giri, Godgiri (see RG, see God)
give-up - /givaap/ - verb - give-up maarna To finally let go of all hope.
grub - /grub/ - noun (1) food that one gets from home. (2) food that one MUST get from home (3) food
gullu - /gullu/ - noun - Gulmohur restaurant, that haunt of exam-sickened students who prefer expensive bad food to cheap bad food found in the hostel canteens
gyaan - /gyaan/ - noun - Quintessential tips, often from seniors.
hospi - /hos-pee/ - noun - (not to be confused with similar sounding phrases) The underequipped IITB (read insti) 'hospital'
hug - /hug/ - verb/noun - To screw up. e.g. hug diya
infi - /in-fee/ - adjective - Short for infinite. An overused prefix. e.g. infidayamax. (See infinite, daya, -max)
infinite - /in-fie-nite/ - noun Any number greater than two. IITian counting - zero, one, two, infinite. Also, infi.
insti - /in-stee/ - noun The Institute. Yes, this one.
jugaad - /ju-gaar/ - verb/noun - Manage with difficulty to (in general) get something. Eg. "Kuch to jugaad lagate hain" "Jugaad be"
junta - /jun-taa/ - noun - More than one person.
kat - /cut/ - verb - Lose out (esp. sarcastic usage). E.g. "Kat raha hai be" "Kat le!"
khopcha - /khop'-cha/ - noun - Hangouts (hideouts) where you go to hit nightouts.
liby - /lie-bee/ - noun The Library. A source of knowledge, wisdom and cool air.
lukkha - /look-kha/ - verb To do some time-pass that takes you somewhere. Anywhere. On second thoughts, even nowhere. Especially Nowhere!
macha - /Much-AA/ - excla. - often followed by any number of x's (as in "MACHAXX!", "MACHAXXXX!", "MACHAXXXXXXXXX!") to infinitely crack something (See infinite. See crack)
matka - /mutt-kaa/ - noun - MTech student (also, matki) or for any generaal PG (see Generaal). Not to be confused with dadda or daddi (See dadda)
max - /maex/ - adj. - suff. - also, maxx or maxxxx, superlative degree of anything, as in "CRACKMAXX!"
mug - /mug/ - verb (1) study (2) pretend to study
nbd - /nu'- bud/ - noun - Nervous Break Down. Tension, often caused by pains in life.
nightout - /nie-tout/ - noun Avoiding sleep throughout a night in a bid to mug, watch a movie, or for nothing in particular. Lukkha is often cited as both the cause and effect of nightouts.
orgie - /org-ee/ - noun - Organiser. Freshie who runs errands for a coordie. (See coordie)
pain - /payn/ - noun - Something that makes you give-up (See give-up)
polt - /polt/ - noun - Politics. Also, poltu.
poltu - /pole-too/ - adj. Someone who practices politics in every sense. Also, polt.
pseud - /syood/ - adj. - Classy, refined.
RG -/ar-jee/ - noun - Short for "˜One who tries to improve his grades, taking unjust advantage of "˜Relative Grading'
SAC - /sack/ - noun - Student Activity Center opposite Hostel 1.
scope /sko-p/ - excl. - No chance in hell!
senior - /seen-yer/ - noun - One who is always right.
sophie - /so-fee/ - noun - Sophomore or Second Year student.
Sorry rahega - jury still out on it being a verb or noun, it means something will not get done. Used stand alone or in conjunction with "nahi ho payega". Variant: Thanks rahega.
Staff-C - /staaf-see/ - noun - Staff Canteen - If you are desperate for food.
stud - /stud/ - noun - Someone who cracks everything. See, crack.
Shack - /shack/ - noun - The Nestle Coffee Shack - good place to hangout between classes, also famous for Maggi and Ice Tea.
tumtum - /tum-tum/ - Little CNG buses that ply in the insti to take you places - read hostel to dep and back.
valfi - /val-fee/ - noun - Valedictory Function. A time in April when the beans are spilled on each and everyone passing out.
YP - /why-pee/ - noun - Nothing to do with calls of nature. It's actually short for the Y-Point gate. Your one-stop solution for everything from stationery, books, bicycles to hair-cuts, and vada-pavs.
[Credits: Antariksh Bothale, Anasuya Mandal]