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About Odia

The Odia language, also known as Oriya, is the official regional language of the Indian state of Odisha where it is spoken by up to 75% of the population. It is also widely spoken in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. It is one of India’s 22 official languages and the earliest known inscription in Odia dates back to the 10th century AD. Most of Odia’s vocabulary derives from Sanskrit. The language also includes loanwords from Persian and Arabic.

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Fun facts — Odia

  • There’s an Odia word, 'chimeyi jiba', to describe biscuits that have been left out for a long time and gone soft.
  • India has designated Odia a Classical Language because of the originality and quality of its ancient literature which is considered a valuable heritage.
  • It’s thought that the rounded shapes of the Odia characters were a result of writing on palm fronds with a sharp stylus. Straight lines and sharp angles would have torn the fronds.

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