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How implausible is it for the name "Oslo" to have come from the Semitic root w-ṣ-l instead of from Proto-Norse *ansuz +‎ *lauhō?

The existing answer has addressed the plausibility of the Germanic etymology. I will address the plausibility of the Semitic etymology. First of all, Phoenician, like all other Northwest Semitic ...
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How implausible is it for the name "Oslo" to have come from the Semitic root w-ṣ-l instead of from Proto-Norse *ansuz +‎ *lauhō?

The original name of the city was Ánslo, and the decomposition into *ansuz + *lauhō is uncontroversial and completely non-problematic. One can always conjecture that true source was something else, ...
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Is there evidence of a place name originating from an abbreviation or acronym?

One famous example in such respect is the name of Pakistan, which however was coined purposedly when it became an independent nation. It comes from an acronym formed from the names of the five ...
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What are determinants of language specific city names

It tends to depend on the history on the name itself, not "historical importance" of the city per se, although it is definitely plausible that, generally speaking, cities with a more complicated ...
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In Croatia, the first two consonants in river names are often 'k' and 'r', respectively. How to estimate the probability of that happening by chance?

I'm not sure entropy is the right measure for this, particularly collision entropy. Instead I'd recommend a simple frequency analysis. First, come up with a criterion for what makes a word a "kr&...
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In Croatia, the first two consonants in river names are often 'k' and 'r', respectively. How to estimate the probability of that happening by chance?

The null hypothesis is that phoneme distribution in words is random. This is quickly falsified by the Syllable Structure Hypothesis, to the effect that in English (for example) syllables can start ...
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Is there evidence of a place name originating from an abbreviation or acronym?

There's a wiki list of geographic acronyms and initialisms for this (I should know, since I compiled it) but only a few (if any) qualify as being a replacement name for the longer term. Perhaps ...
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What are determinants of language specific city names

External names for some foreign toponyms are called exonyms (see here). The reason the exonyms can be different from the endonyms (i.e. the indigenous toponyms) is to be sought for in the history. ...
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Are the Paris's names "City of Light" and "Lutetia" connected?

City of lights is modern term i do not think it has any historical reference Paris is often referred to as the 'City of Light' (La Ville Lumière), both because of its leading role during the Age ...
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What are determinants of language specific city names

The normal situation is that locations have a local name in the local language, and that is how the place is known. Certain places become sufficiently famous that they become regularly known to other ...
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