Just to propose a justification... It may also depend on the intention behind the name or how it's interpreted. One theory says Ponyta could be derived from "ponytail", and another says it could be from "pony" + "bonita" ("pretty" in Spanish and Portuguese). "Bonita", as you may have heard in Madonna's "La Isla Bonita", is pronounced boh-NEE-tah, so maybe the latter is what the sound managers of the 3-D battle games used. Who knows.
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I've always said Ponyta like that. That's how it looked to me when I first got into Pokemon at age 7, and that's how it still looks to me. I always thought generation 1 had easier to say names than the subsequent generations, so its odd to see people arguing about it.
Also, I never considered bonita as an origin for the name. OR Ponytail, for that matter.
The Japanese pronunciation is easy enough, thanks to their delightfully easy to follow and difficult to interpret language... Po-keh-mon... literally pronounced the same as the beginnings of pocket and monster... "pocke-mon".
I still say Poh-keh-mon though, perhaps out of loyalty to the way it is pronounced in pretty much all US-translated media. But half the characters in the show say "poh-kay-mon", so I guess there is no standard, and this whole debate is pointless.
Post by Shrikeswind on May 28, 2009 11:05:19 GMT -5
Why are we arguing? Everybody knows it's Pokey-mans. =P
No, seriously, I pronounce it "Poh-KEH-mahn." That's how everyone basically says it. Yeah, people extend the é until it sounds like they're saying "Poke a mon," but it's still the same basic sound. Just alot harsher. One that annoys me is "Pahk-uh-mahn." How lazy is that?
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