Odessa etymology

Jonathon Green slang at BLUEYONDER.CO.UK
Sat Jul 20 15:43:10 UTC 2002

Nathalie Babel 'The Complete Works of Isaac Babel' (NY 2002)

p.183 (note) 'Khadzhibei was the small settlement where in 1794 Czarina
Catherine II decided to build a powerful Black Sea harbor, which she then
renamed Odessa.'

No etymology, I fear, but that remark doesn't _sound_ as if French came into
it. Anyway, 'no water' would be 'pas d'eau' wouldn't it?

Jonathon Green

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