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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Linguistic Trivia and Other Fun Facts

Did you know that ...

The word Anaconda comes from the Tamil phrase aana-kolra which means ‘elephant killing’?

Or that ... the word Serpent comes from Sanskrit word “Sarpam” meaning snake or any creature that hisses or stings?

Maybe you've heard that ...

The state of Punjab means "Land of Five Rivers" and gets its name from the five rivers Jhelum, Sutlej, Ravi, Chenab, and Beas which originally flowed in the region, making it one of the most fertile areas in the world.

Or even ...

The state of Meghalaya gets its name from “megha” meaning clouds and “alaya”, meaning abode. The name therefore means, “The Abode of the Clouds”.

For more linguistic trivia and fun facts on India, please visit Bhasha India's Trivia Page and maybe even learn something new.

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