Yep, spot-on, Phyllis. In fact, Pavlos posted about that right at the start of this thread: "I strongly suspect however that Odessa is related to the word "Odos", meaning "journey, voyage". This fits in with the fact that Odessa was an imortant port throughout its history. And paradoxically supports Raven's definition."
For the record, this was one of the compliments paid to Raven in the beginning which Raven claimed in another posting was "false". You'll notice that Raven also didn't appreciate the honest discussion brought on by the name of "Odessa" earlier up in this thread, and her rather rude response to everyone (including Selwyn who, as you know, is probably the sweetest person on this message board) was: "Yeah ok people chill out..."
"Chill out" from WHAT? Nobody was dogging her out or anything back at the start -- they were talking about the *name*, for freak's sake! Raven doesn't seem to understand that this is a *discussion* board about names.
Eh, some people are just so buttheaded that there's no getting through to 'em. Since Raven is so convinced that our props to her in the beginning were insincere, now she can have our most sincere ridicule of her. :)