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28 March 2009 @ 10:07 pm
Have you ever noticed ways they name pokemon?  
i was trying to spell Skitty, but accidentally hit the A key instead of the S.

Akitty. Skitty. Make sense?

And there are others.

The three legendary birds.
It's their Element, then a number in Spanish.
artic - Uno.
Zap - Dos.
Mol  - tres [as in like.. MOLten lava.]

Spelled backwards
Ekans - Snake
Arbok - Cobra [but with a K]

So my question, anybody notice any others?

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Rythen Eugeadunsparce on March 29th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
I always thought "Skitty" would be a mix of "Skittish" and "Kitty"
Brennivinkeiosureibu on March 29th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Maybe. I dunno.
It's always made me giggle how they come up with these.
I know others, I just don't remember them at the moment.
(no subject) - jasper_child on March 29th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Kassi: suck my ballskassichu on March 29th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
In the ten+ years I've known Pokemon, it has never occurred to me that Ekans is Snake spelled backwards or the three birds of legend have Spanish numbers in their names.

I for one am in complete shock that this knowledge has evaded me all this time and applaud you for this exemplary post.
deadaccount: [wow] AIR GUITARRRRhomestar on March 29th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
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deadaccount: [disney] unimpressedhomestar on March 29th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
Almost every Pokemon name is a pun or play on words of some kind. Cacturne is cactus and nocturne, for example.

I'm sure there's a list of the supposed name origin of every pokemon if you look hard enough
Meyrin [are you ready?]: Amphoros // Tail Lightaralana on March 29th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Wait, you mean all that stuff isn't common knowledge? o:
Rikka: shion&satoko; coddlenyaa on March 29th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
I knew about the Ekans/Arbok thing long ago, but I never noticed the legendary birds thing.
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★☆ エリザベート ♕♬: Pokémon // wtf r u doinkasaii on March 29th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Conversely, I challenge you to find Pokemon that are completely arbitrarily named, with no plays-on-words or puns involved in either their English or Japanese names! There are probably a handful, I guess, maybe.
Kanthia: Pathkanthia on March 29th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Riolu might be one...I can't think of anything for him, other than the fact that it looks like 'Lucario'.
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Evil Princess Haru-sama: Pokemon :: Ash <3 Mistyharukakamiya on March 29th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Ho-Oh is phoenix in Japanese 8D
TeenBulma: Ho Oh; Endless Rainbowteenbulma on March 29th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
I like the japanese names of the three birds most

freeza, Sandaa , Faiyaa

Engrish is the best~
Nom Chompsky: PKMN Bulba-wha?deathbytamarind on March 29th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Your icon is gorgeous.
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mari: pic#86259947hatenaki_yume on March 29th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
Skitty I hadn't noticed before, but the rest I knew. It was all in some Pokemon guide book that I had bought before GS was released in the US.

The only other I can think of right now is Girafarig, which is pelled the same way backwards and forwards.
Angela: my manga facesky_queen3 on March 29th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
Eevee and Ho-oh are also spelled the same way backwards and forwards. Neat huh? :D
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vikki_valentine: Me and Pikachu! <3vikki_valentine on March 29th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
I'm kinda surprised no one mentioned this one since it's one of the first ones I think of when I think of weird Pokemon name connections.

But Koffing and Weezing.

Coughing and Wheezing.

Cause that's what happens when there's intake of poisonous gases... yeah. xD
Misty: [Pokemon] my namesakemistyladybug on March 29th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Up until fairly recently I didn't notice the uno-dos-tres thing with the legendary birds. I have no idea how/why it took me that long, but it just went waaaaay over my head x3
Darkloid_Blues: Shuppet!maverickz3r0 on March 29th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)

Also, a pip is sort of like a seed, to a bloom, to fluff.

There's also the Eeveelutions, which are obvious. (Vapor, Jolt, Flare, Umbra = shadow, ESP, Glace (French for ice), Leaf.)

Porygon = Polygon.

Kirlia = Kirlian photography. Look it up, it's neat.
Gardevoir = garde and devoir, both French again, and basically meaning 'to have to guard/protect' when translated.
Gallade = gallant and blade.

Shuppet = Shadow puppet. I like this one.
Banette = Marionette.

Politoed isn't just misspelled; it's because he has toes.

Sudowoodo = pseudo (false) wood.

Etc. etc. There's loads when you look. It's quite fun; the people who did the names put quite a bit of thought into it.
Alexisfirey_lexx on March 29th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
Woah. I would have never noticed those if you hadn't pointed them out. xD
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Phenomenal Cat: kekekekesoft_guitar60 on March 29th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
A lot of the names are explained on Bulbapedia...Just type in the Pokémon you're searching for and scroll down to "Origin".
TJ MacThréinfhirbleachedmud on March 29th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)

But really. It's awesome that some people never knew this stuff.
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citrixassaultcitrixassault on March 29th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Turtwig: Turtle + Twig
Grotle: Growing + Turtle

I was reading this and battling with my Grotle when I thought of those ;D
河馬君kabakun on March 29th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Grotle could maybe be "ground turtle," since Torterra's tortoise + terra (land). I think each could work!
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Arthur: Taken aback Zakkycxrdevil on March 29th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)

I remember that name origin fun facts and notes from the cartoon were the most fun part of this.
This book also taught me how to draw Bellsprout.
Kariiiiiiiiiiiijesuisblasee on March 29th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Oh god I loved those books.

I still have the first one lol.
Magical Programmer Sammy: bananasatrugha on March 29th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
lotad is tadpole :D

pikachu is kinda a pun in itself. pika is the sound of sparkles and lightning and chuu is what a mouse says!
Keithwacky_banana on March 29th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Wait... What?!
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Kariiiiiiiiiiii: the more you knowjesuisblasee on March 29th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Kittysaikopathiccow on March 29th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
1. the aforesaid; the above; the same (used in accounts, lists, etc., to avoid repetition). Abbreviation: do. Symbol: ″. Compare ditto mark.
2. another of the same.
3. Informal. a duplicate; copy.
4. as already stated; likewise.
–verb (used with object)
5. to make a copy of, using a Ditto machine.
6. to duplicate or repeat the action or statement of (another person).
Prose Before Hoesjeshala on March 29th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Am I the only person ever on the internet who doesn't know japanese? Chrizzo.
TJ MacThréinfhir: Gary Oakbleachedmud on March 30th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)