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What does "ding-dong" means in "Ramalinga ding-dong", thank you! The context is "Ramalinga Raju, the founder of Satyam Computer Services, was found guilty along with nine others of accounting fraud in India’s biggest corporate scandal to date. His misconduct came to light in 2009 when he admitted that Satyam’s books had been cooked for years, and that a $1 billion cash pile did not exist."
May 18, 2016 8:24 AM
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I'm presuming that this is the title of the news item. 'Ding dong' doesn't actually mean anything. It's an example of onomatopoeia, or in other words, the imitation of a sound - in this case, the sound that a bell makes when it rings. It is also suggestive of foolish behaviour. If you call someone a 'ding dong', it's like calling them an idiot. The title Ramalinga Ding Dong is a word play on the person's name, and a reference to a famous pop song from the late 50s/early 60s called 'Rama Lama Ding Dong'. And if you look up Rama Lama Ding Dong in the Urban Dictionary, you'll find this: "Generally describes a rather sad individual, who continually f***s up their life beyond comprehension by repeatedly engaging in reckless juvenile behavior that is consistent with delinquents 10-15 years younger than themselves." So, what this headline is saying is this - "Look at this funny word! Here is a story about a man with a funny name who did something idiotic."
May 18, 2016
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