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What do these three towns have in common?

"Dublin", "Blackpool", "Chernobyl".

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All three of them

have the first part of their name meaning "black". ("Dublin" literally means "black pool"; "Chernobyl" literally means "black grass".)

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  • $\begingroup$ Heh! Too simple. Good job. $\endgroup$ – Prime Mover Jan 20 at 7:17
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If you allow for some creative linguistics, they all have

very similar names.

Dublin

comes from the Gaelic "dubh linn", meaning “black pool”

and Chernobyl

while meaning "common wormwood", or "mugwort", comes from two parts:
- "cherno" (from chornyi, "black") and
- "byl" (from bylia, "grass"), which sounds a bit like "pool".

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