A word of Indian origin, meaning mixture of spices. For example, the term "garam masala" -- literally a "hot mixture of spices" -- is a combination of ground roasted cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamom, cloves, and other spices. The term "masala" is used in a slang fashion to connote "an interesting mixture of things". For example, that was a "masala film with elements of a Bond movie, a comedy, and a date movie".
"That chicken tikka masala was delicious... I must get the recipe"
Function: transitive verb
Inflected forms: pre•poned; pre•pon•ing
Etymology: Latin preponere to place before, prepone, from pre- + ponere to place -- more at POSITION
Date: Has been in use in urban English spoken in India since at least the 1950s
To advance an event or activity to an earlier time. The closest American usage is “to advance” the timing of something. The word came into vogue in urban India as the opposite of “postponing” something.
“To make sure we get to enjoy the fireworks display that starts promptly at 9 PM, let us prepone the dinner engagement to 7 rather than 8 tomorrow evening”
Commonly used in the British commonwealth countries, the term "batchmate" refers to a person who was in the same "batch" as you were in school, college, a military or administrative academy; or another intensive program where people get to know their cohorts quite well. The rough American equivalent is "classmate"; however, batchmate implies a closer sense of togetherness and bonding.
"We had a get-together of our IIT batchmates at a restaurant in Manhattan"
The culinary practices of a region or culture, historical and popular. Foodways include discussions of procurement, preparation, and consumption of food. They focus on cultural origins, taste and nutrition.
To make "maple smoked bacon", Broadbent Country Hams in Kentucky smoke their bacon with maple dust, to infuse maple flavor in their bacon. This is an example of one of the traditional Southern Foodways.