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Chapter 5: What's Really in a Name?

“We also know of another superstition of that time: that of the Man of the Book. On some shelf in some hexagon (men reasoned) there must exist a book which is the formula and perfect compendium of all the rest; some librarian has gone through it, and he is analogous to a god.”

- Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel

In the previous chapters, Olin has clearly been seen to open doors that lead to remarkable insights into our common past.  But could Olin also provide a gateway into the future?  Could Olin serve perhaps as a kind of Bible code?

As has been stated previously in this text, the meaning of a word must be known first before one can understand the meaning being expressed by the letters that make up the word.  If you do not know the meaning of a word, it is unlikely that you will be able to interpret the meaning of the word simply by knowing the Olin meanings associated with the letters that make up the word.  Each letter can, after all, take on several different Olin meanings, and rarely are words long enough to provide a sufficiently precise description as to unequivocally identify the phenomenon that is being described or named.

While researching Olin, I stumbled upon the name Chernobyl , a name that I was quite familiar with.  I immediately noticed that it began with ch, which I understood to mean “death”.  Knowing what happened at Chernobyl, I could not help but take a closer look at Chernobyl by translating it with Olin:

Chernobyl = “death out of liquid related above round object separated out of surface”

It was at that point that I began to get an eerie feeling that, with my discovery of Olin, I had accidentally stumbled upon a huge secret, a secret about time and space and all that exists therein.

So I studied further.  The name Chernobyl was not created after the toxic release of radioactive gas that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people and made the name infamous.  According to what I read, it was a name that had existed long before.  And looking again at the name, I began to suspect that Chernobyl meant something completely different when the name was first given.  It appeared to be a description of the rising Sun1:

Chernobyl = “change heat out of movement above related round object light out of surface”

Still, I could not get over the fact that the name appeared to also prophesize, unintentional as it may have been, what was to come and what would ultimately land Chernobyl in the history books.  So I quickly became inspired to look for prophetic Olin interpretations in other names, famous and not so famous, and, to both my delight and trepidation, there seemed plenty to be found.

In the Data and Selected sections, you will find Olin translations for names related to a number of relatively famous people, places and events. Note that while these names are all fairly well known and verifiable, one can find similarly compelling translations for names that are far less well known.

1After further review, it appears likely that Chernobyl translates as "change surface related out of water related opening within out of surface", referring to the nearby lake. Note that the b can be translated as either "opening" or "round object" and could refer to a volcanic caldera, a crater left by a bolide strike, or simply surrounding hills. I am not familiar with the geology and/or geography of the area, so I cannot state with any certainty which is the correct translation.