Archive for November, 2014

Top 10 Most Confusing English Pokémon Name Pronunciations

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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Warning: This list may make you feel… /KRAH-bee/.

It may not be evident, but there’s a lot of work that goes into giving a species of Pokémon a name. The name of a Pokémon usually features a play on one or two words which refer to either the real-life basis of the Pokémon or an attribute linked to the Pokémon. This leads to many interesting wordplays, word corruptions, and portmanteaus, such as Exeggcute (execute + egg), Whismur (whisper + murmur), and Serperior (serpent + superior). But with these wordplays that would make any linguist proud comes a whole set of pronunciations that would make any linguist cringe, and the latter is what this article will tackle.

Several Pokémon names have easy pronunciations, due to either a very clear portmanteau (Gogoat = go + goat), an easy-to-follow spelling (Eevee = /ee/ + /vee/), or an easily recognizable word corruption (Wynaut = why not?). Unfortunately, the converse is also true, for there are many confusing, questionable, and at times nonsensical Pokémon name pronunciations. A quick Google search would show you entire threads and conversations dedicated to figuring out whether or not this is a long or short I, or whether that C is pronounced like a K or an S.

This article aims to list the 10 English Pokémon names that always find themselves at the end of the question, “How do you pronounce _________?” The most canon sources for the “proper” pronunciations found in this article come from the Pokédex 3D Pro app (for the first five generations) and the announcer of Pokémon Battle Revolution (for the first four generations), with the sixth-generation Pokémon only having the English anime dub as a reference. But those three sources don’t always agree with each other, which shows that maybe the different translators are as confused as we are.

So don’t feel bad if you fall victim to the ten mispronunciations you’ll find here. Chances are, you’re part of a very, very large group.
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Pokemon Analysis: The Seel Line!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014


Did its horn get smaller upon evolving…?

This time, we’re back to marine life, as well as our first Ice type of these Pokémon Analysis articles. And they’re pretty adorable looking Pokémon too! Seel and Dewgong are our focus this time around. They may not win any awards in the clever/unique naming scheme and ‘based on’ categories out of all the Pokémon, but they do have a certain charm to them all the same.
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New games, new articles!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

With the gradual arrival of the new Pokemon ORAS games around the world over the next week, you can look forward to some new activity here on the Wynaut? Magazine. We’ll review the features that we would have liked to have seen – which made it in, which didn’t, and what else has changed. A general review may be posted too, and a few other ORAS and Hoenn-related articles will come about as well. You can also expect a new Pokemon Analysis line article to come out soon, later followed by the standard Name Rater and Fan Works articles as well. If you’d like to contribute to these, sign up to our forum!

Do also check out our Tumblr page, on which impressions on ORAS will be shared. Another neat addition for the BBS may also show up in a month or two, so stay tuned for that too.

We’re hoping you in America, Canada, Australia and the like are enjoying the games, and that you guys in Europe can hang in there for another week!