A few months back we asked you lovely people to tell us how you say certain video game-related words and with your answers we gathered some interesting data. We know, for example, that 55% of people polled pronounce ‘NES’ by saying each letter rather than shortening it to a single syllable with ness or nezz. This might sound trivial but pronunciation is a hot topic when it comes to video games. Recently the internet lost its mind when Sony revealed that the Dual Shock’s ‘X’ is actually ‘cross’.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, in a cave or somewhere else without internet access, you’ll no doubt be aware that the new Pokémon game Pokémon Sword and Shield is out very soon. With that in mind, we’ve put together this questionnaire focusing on Pokémon-related vocabulary that has tripped many people up in the past. Hey, when you get to over 800 Pocket Monsters, you start running out of words to mix! No wonder there are some tongue-twisters.
Even if The Pokémon Company itself has decreed a pronunciation official, people are free to call these monsters what they like and regional pronunciation variations have created a huge number of ‘alternatives’. We’re keen to find out how you say the following words, regardless of the official dictates.
As a reminder, we featured the word ‘Pokémon’ in the last poll: 35% pronounced it Po-kee-mon, 33% went with po-Kay-mon with other variants mopping up the rest of the votes. When the name of the series itself divides opinion, it’s no wonder the monsters cause some debate! So, let’s check out your PokéPron and find out how do you say the following names…
Getting us off to a Legendary start we have the ‘Y’ from Pokémon X & Y. A Dark / Flying beastie, it likes to throw opponents off their guard as they try to pronounce its name. Evil-tell? Yevel-tel? Yu-vetal? Novotel? Oh, it just incinerated us with a Hyper Beam.
Keeping things classy, we’ve got Suicune, the Legendary Water-type. The troublesome ‘C’ and ‘E’ complicate matters with this one depending on your mother tongue.
The Water / Electric-type looks simple enough but throws in a curveball with that final ‘ou’. Chin-chuu? Chin-chow (rhymes with ‘OW’)? Chin-cho (rhymes with ‘show’)?
This Rock-type mixes ‘u’, ‘oo’, and ‘o’ in the same word, highlighting just what an illogical nightmare mess pronunciation can be. Unless you’re mixing ‘doe’ (as in deer, a female deer) and ‘do’ (as in ‘What did you do?’) in the same word, there’s really only two ways Sudowoodo can go.
Jeez Louise, it’s Illumise! Or should that be Jeez Loui-say, it’s Illumise! Or perhaps…
This one’s made of ice (ice, baby), so the correct pronunciation would seem clear. Reg-Ice, like ‘choc-ice’, no? Would that it were so simple…
Amola… Alomalo… Alamo… This word has metathesis written all over it.
Another Legendary, we always liked to imagine him as Ray Quasar, otherworldly ’70s lounge singer.
This one presents questions due to that double-O and no-one (or, perhaps, noone) can agree on if it’s split or not.
Mythical, but also Normal, Arceus is a spiky, horsey-looking thing which also manages to baffle onlookers with its name.
The Gen V region brought a host of new ‘mon with Pokémon Black and White, but also had added another pronunciation wrinkle to a series with perhaps more variety in the way people say its nouns than any other in video games.
There are, of course, many Pokémon that have tripped the best of us up over the years. Let us know some of your personal tongue-twisting Pocket Monsters below and remember to check out our article on general, Nintendo-related words, too.