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Pokemon names you often mispronounce

Discussion in 'General Pokémon Discussion' started by NovaBrunswick, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    I think there might’ve been a thread like this one before, but if there wasn’t, I’ll post it here again.

    Many Pokemon names don’t have an “official” pronunciation, since even the anime can differ on how a Pokemon’s name is pronounced. This can lead to inconsistent pronunciations across all the forms of Pokemon media, so it can be hard to tell which one is the “right” one.

    With that, what are some Pokemon whose names you often mispronounce? Here are some which always seem to trip me up:

    • Misdreavus (the anime has pronounced it both as Miss-dray-uss and Miss-dree-vuss, but I tend to pronounce it as the latter)

    • Raikou (I pronounce it as Ray-koo, but apparently it’s Rye-koh)

    • Entei (I’ve heard it being pronounced as En-tie and En-tay)

    • Suicune (this one is still a tricky one for me, I used to pronounce it as Soo-koon, now I pronounce it as Swik-yoon, which I think is how it’s supposed to be pronounced)

    • Dialga (I pronounce it as Die-alga, like in diamond, but apparently it’s supposed to be Dee-alga)

    • Arceus (the movie it appears in pronounces it as Ar-kee-us, apparently because pronouncing it as Ar-see-us could be awkward-sounding for British audiences)

    • Brionne (I read it as Bry-oh-nee, but it’s supposed to be Bree-on)

    • Silvally (I think it’s pronounced as Sil-valley, but the ‘ally’ part is supposed to evoke an ‘ally’ in battle, so it could be Sil-va-lie)

    • Solgaleo (I always read it as Sol-gay-leo)
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2019
  2. WishIhadaManafi5

    WishIhadaManafi5 To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before. Staff Member Moderator

    I used to pronounce Suicune similarly, as Soo-koon-ee.
  3. Cometstarlight

    Cometstarlight What do I do now?

    As a kid, I pronounced Suicune Suey-coon, but once it was named in the anime, I started saying it the way they do Swee-coon.

    Just remembered a few more.

    I pronounced Plusle as Pluss-Lee for the longest time until I was corrected. My mom still remembers it though, so when she sees one in POGO, she calls it Pluss-Lee.

    Knew a dude in college who pronounced Sceptile as Skep-tile. Threw me off for a second before I realized what he was talking about.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2019
  4. SBaby

    SBaby Dungeon Master

    That one's easy. Arceus. Seriously, I still don't know how to pronounce that name to this day (I just pronounce it Ar-key-us, but I could be completely wrong). And I have a feeling that a lot of Let's Players are in the same boat as me.

    What's worse is in one of my main fanfics, Arceus figures in prominently.
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  5. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    Arceus confuses me since the dub pronounces it a certain way, yet a lot of my friends where I used to live pronounced it differently and I could've sworn that the Japanese version pronounced it a bit differently in the 12th movie as well. I don't know whether the "ce" part of the name is supposed to be pronounced like "key" or "see".
  6. MockingJ

    MockingJ Banned

    I always pronounced Raikou wrong, I always called it Rai-koo when I was a kid but it's pronounced as Rai-koh which is a small difference but it sounds better to me.
  7. FullFathomsFive

    FullFathomsFive Well-Known Member

    I think Cofagrigus might be mine - I gather the sound is more like 'cof-egregious' rather than 'cofag-rigour'.
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  8. Ignition

    Ignition “Go get ‘em, tiger!”

    Always called Groudon “Groundon”. Still don’t know where that other n came from
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  9. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    I say it like that as well. I guess it’s sort of like “sceptical”, where the C is pronounced as a hard C.

    I said it like that as well. Similarly, I pronounce Raichu as Ray-chu (like Rachel), even though I know it’s supposed to be Rye-chu.

    Maybe because Groudon is a Ground type?
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2019
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  10. Luthor

    Luthor Well-Known Member

    I do something similar with Groudon. But at least with that one it makes sense with the typing. Less logically I also occasionally call Yamask by the name "Yanmask" which I'm pretty sure is because of Yanma.
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  11. PrinceOfFacade

    PrinceOfFacade Ghost-Type Master

    Arceus, and it's definitely by choice.

    Though I understand the etymology behind it, I think ar-KAY-us is such a dumb pronunciation, that I just refuse to acknowledge it. Thus, I stick with AR-see-us.

    I mispronounce Rayquaza's name for similar reasons. It's really that I've spent 15 years pronouncing it ray-QUAH-zuh, so when I found out it's really ray-QUAY-zuh, I was like, "Well, ain't no point in going back now." lol
  12. Missingno.Fan

    Missingno.Fan Well-Known Member

    For the longest time I pronounced Kyogre as “ky-oh-gree”.
  13. DR.gonzo

    DR.gonzo Well-Known Member

    Most of them . I butcher names all the time
  14. Luthor

    Luthor Well-Known Member

    Gyarados is one I think I say wrong a lot. This one is because as a child I thought it was called Garydos.
  15. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    I pronounce it as "Garydos" as well, which in hindsight is kind of amusing since I used to picture Satoshi's rival Shigeru (Gary) when I would think of the name Gyarados back when I was only familiar with the English dub of the anime.
  16. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    Apparently, "Gary-dos" is the official pronunciation. Then what happened to the Y? :/
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  17. WolfCypher

    WolfCypher Well-Known Member

    Cofagrigus. This is such a problematic name. It came up recently too. I was talking about how some Pokémon that would be perfect for future regions have already been used. I suggested how when we ever get an Egypt based region, we already wasted Cofagrigus on Pokémon's New York. No one knew who I meant and it sound like I said an offensive word. Why couldn't this Pokémon had been call Sarcofageist? It starts off so much like sarcophagus so I'm not putting to much emphasis on the word parts. I can say sarcophagus (just fine) and geist with no problem.

    I have no idea how to say Blacphelon's or whatever that Clown Beast is, name...

    And is Bonsly "Bon SLEE" or "Bon SLY (Cooper)"?
  18. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    It's the latter, as it's supposed to be a pun on "bonsai" (tree) and "sly", as in its disguise as a plant.
  19. The Teller

    The Teller King of Half-Truths

  20. Ignition

    Ignition “Go get ‘em, tiger!”

    I think Blacephelon’s pronunciation is Bla+seth+elon
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