I learned a new word sometime last week. The word is supposed to be spelt as “Vella,” and is supposed to mean, “jobless.” What is more important is that it is supposed to be a word in the Hindi language and is supposedly commonly spoken in Mumbai!
Unfortunately, I have never been aware of this term and it does not seem to be a coincidence that :
- the Tamil word, “Velai” means job, and
- it is mostly my Tamil friends who claimed that the word Vella means jobless…
Another group who has used the term is from IIT Delhi (or Delhi in general), which would make it more of a local IITD lingo than anything else (e.g., the term Daya has a special meaning in IITB).
Someone needs to throw some light on this matter, especially, how/why people think it is a legitimate word from the Hindi language.. and if it is, then I need to find the source…
<—– Edit —–>
From Manoj Rajgopalan (and I verified this to be correct)
“vella is a punjabi word :-) It is used a lot by the Punjabis in delhi and by delhi people in general” I checked that it means “in between jobs”