My son is turning six and like a lot of the primary boys at his school is obsessed with Pokemon, which by the way translates to Pocket Monsters if you didn’t already know this. I had a whole 10 minutes conversation with these grade three boys one morning where one of them showed me his deck of 200 cards, including the “rare ones“, I learned that these are also called EX cards. Apparently they have more HP (hit points) than the others. I wouldn’t know, they all look the same to me, except for the shiny ones, those are pretty. I would collect them. To think this all started with one man by the name Satoshi Tajiri who first created a video game based on his childhood hobby of collecting insect, and from there it skyrocketed into a multi-billion dollar franchise! My boys have yet to play the video games but they sure enjoy watching the anime series and collecting Pokemon cards, even though neither they nor I know how to actually play the card game. Personally, I think it’s overhyped; I mean the Pokemons never die. Now what’s the fun in that? My biggest issue is that I haven’t the slightest clue how to properly pronounce the names of these fictional creatures. You give it a try and see that I’m not exaggerating: Masquerain, regigigas, Grovyle, suicune, Mismagius, Gyarados, Kyogre, just to name a few among nearly 500 different species. The rest are just as ridiculously hard to pronounce. Iam sure it must have crossed your mind as to how these evolving pets get their names. Well, here are a few fun facts about Pokemon names.
Squirtle = Tortle + Squirrel
With Tyler’s birthday fast approaching I’ll be doing much research on this topic as I am sure Pokemon is on the menu.