A great word arrived up yesterday evening throughout a lively public talk at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum, where we moderated a panel on interracial and interethnic relationships. And even though its beginning is Armenian, it ended up component for the discussion among all of the partners here.
Among the panelists, novelist Aris Janigian, brought it first. He is Armenian United states; their spouse, InSun, could be the child of Korean immigrants. With regards to ended up being time and energy to inform their mother about her, he previously to split the news headlines that their beloved had been an odar, an Armenian term that sounds curiously like “other,” which can be just about exactly what it indicates. And after he told their story, other panelists started putting it on with their very own tales making use of their lovers: the non-black odar spouse, the non-Latino odar spouse, and so on.
Numerous countries have actually terms to explain outsiders, but since odar may be the term associated with the minute, Multi-American factor Lory Tatoulian has kindly supplied us with a definition that is extended
The phrase odar is employed great deal by Armenians, this means complete complete stranger or foreigner, as well as in the vernacular, it identifies the non-Armenian.
Example: вЂњOh do you hear, Ani is dating an odar!вЂќ OR вЂњHey mom, IвЂ™m going away with Armen and Ara tonight, plus some other odar friends.вЂќ OR вЂњBro, donвЂ™t take your car or truck to an odar mechanic, theyвЂ™ll charge a fee much more to put rims that are new your Mercedes.вЂќ
There was a similarity that is uncanny the English term вЂњotherвЂќ and odar, so when tracing its etymological origins, the term odar comes straight from the Armenian language branch вЂ“ linguists classify Armenian as an unbiased branch for the Indo-European language family members. But I do not view it as a branch, expanding through the trunk alongside other language branches, but alternatively the main origins for the tree sinking deeply in to the planet.
Odar just isn’t a bad word that is four-letter and doesnвЂ™t connote racism or prejudice; instead it is simply an instrument for moms and dads to classify whom you should and maynвЂ™t date.
Having said that, Armenians constitute one of the greatest diasporas on the planet, and thus there are numerous more Armenians staying in odar lands in place of Armenia, Los Angeles host that is playing a lot of them. Consequently, to be able to acclimate, acculturate, and absorb with odars is 2nd nature, additionally the term became practical in helping Armenians identify other Armenians in the maelstrom of mankind.
And even though odar is employed gently, underpinning the term is a sense of anxiety together with subconscious, and extremely genuine danger of extinction: suffering 3,000 years of international intrusion, a genocide and a diaspora that is scattered the term odar, much like the вЂњIANвЂќ and вЂњYANвЂќ suffix at the conclusion of Armenian last title, has played a lot more of a task in conservation in place of isolation, assisting keep together a individuals whoever populace has ebbed to 6 million and whose language happens to be a part of UNESCOвЂ™s worldвЂ™s atlas of put at risk languages.
It’s not necessary to have much Armenian in you, nonetheless, to be looked at Armenian. We prefer to genuinely believe that Princess Diana, who had been 1/64 Armenian, wasn’t an odar.
Read more about the inner circle review Aris and InSun Janigian’s Armenian-odar wedding in a Q&A from previously this as well as Q&As with Terry Dennis and Gabriela Lopez de Dennis, and with Julian Bermudez and KPCC’s John Rabe week. Natural sound through the panel can be heard right here.
Expect more shows from the discussion on Monday.
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