Odessa etymology

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Sat Jul 20 15:29:08 UTC 2002

 >Barry writes:
>ODESSA ETYMOLOGY--My tour guide today said that Odessa has no fresh water
>source, and the name "Odessa" is "no water" backwards in French.  This
>sounds like folk etymology; not even Google seems to have this one?<
Seems more likely  this dubious notion would have been "enough water," not
"no water" (assez d'eau).
A. Murie

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