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Old March 22nd, 2006   Captain Kal is offline   #33
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While claiming the rings translate his Korugarian name into the closest English equivalent comes close, IMHO, the best explanation is the name 'Sinestro' means something completely different in Korugarian, that it is indeed how his name is pronounced, but we on Earth associate it with another meaning, an evil one. It may be that only on Earth would 'Sinestro' have an evil connotation.

(Strictly speaking, the root origins of 'sinister' just mean left-handed but due to the dualism and polarity of humans, we decided to lump the 'other handed' stuff under the dark, negative column while the dextro/right-handed stuff got lumped under the positive column. It really has no objective bearing that right or left is good, bad, superior, inferior, etc. It's even one of the 3 physical mirrors physicists use to describe the universe -- chirality aka handedness aka parity -- and it's supposed to be pretty much a toss-up. The mirrors are CPT: charge, parity, and time.)

It's like in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books, how on Earth Cricket is just a fun game while to most of the rest of the universe it's a reminder of the terrible Krikkit wars which nearly wiped out all life elsewhere. Or how in those same books, nearly every culture has the phonetic expression 'gin and tonic' but the actual meanings are vastly different -- from a pleasant alcoholic drink, to a fruit juice, to a lethal concoction.

See what I mean?
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Old March 22nd, 2006   Matthew Krevat is offline   #34
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Old March 25th, 2006   Flying Saucers Over Oz is offline   #35
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First off, Sinestro was established as a Green Lantern gone bad back in the Silver Age. It's been part of his history for decades.

Secondly, if we have to explain Sinestro's name, then we'll also have to explain Maxima, Eviless, Mongul, etc.
 
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Old March 25th, 2006   Teen Lantern#2 is offline   #36
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First off, Sinestro was established as a Green Lantern gone bad back in the Silver Age. It's been part of his history for decades.

Secondly, if we have to explain Sinestro's name, then we'll also have to explain Maxima, Eviless, Mongul, etc.
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Old March 25th, 2006   raw power72 is offline   #37
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First off, Sinestro was established as a Green Lantern gone bad back in the Silver Age. It's been part of his history for decades.

Secondly, if we have to explain Sinestro's name, then we'll also have to explain Maxima, Eviless, Mongul, etc.
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Everyone knows Sinestro was a GL gone bad. I'm just asking for his name during the time he was a GL. IMO it doesn't make sense to have an evil sounding name. It's like Anikin/Darth, Illyich/Lenin,Ioseb Jugashvili/Stalin
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Old March 26th, 2006   gothamite is offline   #38
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Everyone knows Sinestro was a GL gone bad. I'm just asking for his name during the time he was a GL. IMO it doesn't make sense to have an evil sounding name. It's like Anikin/Darth, Illyich/Lenin,Ioseb Jugashvili/Stalin
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Sinestro was his name when he was a GL. That's been clearly established. That it sounds "evil" to you is not his concern.
 
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Old March 26th, 2006   The Myst is offline   #39
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Sinestro was his name when he was a GL. That's been clearly established. That it sounds "evil" to you is not his concern.
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Sinestro was his name when he was a GL. That's been clearly established. That it sounds "evil" to you is not his concern.
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Sinestro doesn't sound evil to you? I know pretty much all the facts on Sinestro what and who he is etc..... My question remains the same.It just keeps me curious and it would make more sense if Sinestro had a different name before his rebellion to the Guardians. Obviously he didn't have a diffrent name pre-rebellion and IMO it's a flaw. If his past was never revealed then it would be easy to see that he was always Sinestro. It doesn't equate. Hal went from GL and rebeled and became Parallax.
 
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Old March 27th, 2006   The Myst is offline   #41
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Sinestro doesn't sound evil to you? I know pretty much all the facts on Sinestro what and who he is etc..... My question remains the same.It just keeps me curious and it would make more sense if Sinestro had a different name before his rebellion to the Guardians. Obviously he didn't have a diffrent name pre-rebellion and IMO it's a flaw. If his past was never revealed then it would be easy to see that he was always Sinestro. It doesn't equate. Hal went from GL and rebeled and became Parallax.
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Why? Obviously, Sinestro isn't an evil name on his planet.

Besides, in all stories of his time as a Green Lantern, he was still referred to as Sinestro by Hal, The Guardians, and everybody else. It was his name.
 
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Ok........If you were a GL and you meet your trainer named Sinestro or an evil meaning name would you not question it? At least? Wouldn't it make you curious?
 
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Ok........If you were a GL and you meet your trainer named Sinestro or an evil meaning name would you not question it? At least? Wouldn't it make you curious?
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Maybe Hal might but The Guardians obviously didn't see any problem with his name.

If you met someone named John Hitler, would you automatically label them as evil?
 
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Maybe Hal might but The Guardians obviously didn't see any problem with his name.

If you met someone named John Hitler, would you automatically label them as evil?
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There is a John Hitler and he lives on Long Island and he is related to Adolf Hitler. I wouldn't label him as evil but his surname will cause question and curiosities. I'm pretty sure that family has been investigated by CIA or FBI. It's just like the Bin Laden family in the USA. You know they are questioned for any thing dealing with Ossama. now the difference between names Sinestro, Bin Laden, Hitler or McVeigh are this.......Sinestro's,evil meaning, name was already associatted with evil before and after his rebellion. Now the names,none of evil or bad meaning, of Bin Laden, Hitler, and McVeigh became associatted with evil only after what they became known for in history.
 
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There is a John Hitler and he lives on Long Island and he is related to Adolf Hitler. I wouldn't label him as evil but his surname will cause question and curiosities. I'm pretty sure that family has been investigated by CIA or FBI. It's just like the Bin Laden family in the USA. You know they are questioned for any thing dealing with Ossama. now the difference between names Sinestro, Bin Laden, Hitler or McVeigh are this.......Sinestro's,evil meaning, name was already associatted with evil before and after his rebellion. Now the names,none of evil or bad meaning, of Bin Laden, Hitler, and McVeigh became associatted with evil only after what they became known for in history.
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Well, on Korugar, the name Sinestro obviously wasn't associated with Evil until after Sinestro had become a Dictator.

How's this, suppose you know an American man who's last name is Malvado? He's not of Spanish, Italian or French ancestry. The original family name was corrupted by INS personnel when his family emigrated, because it was a difficult to pronounce Czech name. So now he has a name that means "Evildoer" in Spanish. But English-only speaking people in the US or Canada are not going to know that offhand, and they aren't going to associate his name with the term "Evildoer" when they meet him. Because they don't speak Spanish.

This is Sinestro on Korugar. His name is an accident, and on Korugar no one associates with "sinister" because in Korugarian there is no word "sinister" and Sinestro does not mean evil. It means or is derived from something like "Peaceful" or "Brave" or something equally innocent.

Now, when our Mr. Malvado goes to a mainly Spanish-speaking area in the US, or a Spanish-speaking country, he's going to get a lot of double-takes at his name. This is Sinestro when he got to Earth. By a linguistic accident, his name means something bad in another language.

It has no more to do with Sinestro going rogue than Mr. Malvado's name has to do with his jaywalking.
 
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Why would INS name a Czech Malvado? Malvado is not a common name.INS usually anglo/westernized names if they were unpronouncable. If the czech was getting harrassed by hispanics he would investigate the meaning of his new given name and realize it is not good. So common sense would say I need to change my name. In your post INS corruppted the Czechs name to Malvado. So then would the ring be corruppt or was it fortelling Sinestro's future?
When you first read a GL comic you know that the name Sinestro stood out as evil, right? So if you read the ED's and find that prerogue Sinestro trained Hal but yet he was called Sinestro. As a fan I question it.
So going back to the root of Sinestro's name......left handed. Even translated it means clumsy, awkward, dubious, backhanded. So if on Krougar, the unpronouncable translated name of Sinestro, is not evil why would the power ring give the name Sinestro to Hal or a earth based GL?
Sinestro was already introduced as an evil villain to the fans and comic book world, right.There is no explanation why he is called Sinestro that was given to us and I acceppt it but if you write Sinestro before he went rogue why give him the same name is my question.
So if you are a writer and you are given the job of writing the ED series and you write Sinestro, pre-rogue, would you not give him a name not associated with evil but no he was still Sinestro in ED trainning Hal and again I think it is a fault,IMO, it has no closure with me.
 
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Sinestro is obviously a villainous name to english speakers. No one in the corps except Hal spoke English, whenever a GL or Guardian talks it is being translated by the ring or via Guardian Telepathy. So every other member of the corps would hear "Sinestro" and be no more alarmed than if he was named "Zapthor" (which means killer in Durlan). Hal, being more polite than smart, would have not realized Sinestro had a strange sounding name until he had learned to trust him, thereby making there be no reason for anyone to have questioned Sinestro's name.

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Why would INS name a Czech Malvado? Malvado is not a common name.INS usually anglo/westernized names if they were unpronouncable. If the czech was getting harrassed by hispanics he would investigate the meaning of his new given name and realize it is not good. So common sense would say I need to change my name. In your post INS corruppted the Czechs name to Malvado. So then would the ring be corruppt or was it fortelling Sinestro's future?
When you first read a GL comic you know that the name Sinestro stood out as evil, right? So if you read the ED's and find that prerogue Sinestro trained Hal but yet he was called Sinestro. As a fan I question it.
So going back to the root of Sinestro's name......left handed. Even translated it means clumsy, awkward, dubious, backhanded. So if on Krougar, the unpronouncable translated name of Sinestro, is not evil why would the power ring give the name Sinestro to Hal or a earth based GL?
Sinestro was already introduced as an evil villain to the fans and comic book world, right.There is no explanation why he is called Sinestro that was given to us and I acceppt it but if you write Sinestro before he went rogue why give him the same name is my question.
So if you are a writer and you are given the job of writing the ED series and you write Sinestro, pre-rogue, would you not give him a name not associated with evil but no he was still Sinestro in ED trainning Hal and again I think it is a fault,IMO, it has no closure with me.
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