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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.
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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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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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