No matter where I go these days, I hear young people shouting to their friends, "I'm playing Pokémon Go", which they pronounce "pokey-mon go". It would be an understatement to say that, for the past few weeks, Pokémon Go has been a veritable craze. Yet most people who play the game probably do not realize that the name "Pokémon" is a Japanese portmanteau based on two English words: poketto ポケット ("pocket") + monsutā モンスター ("monster").
"What's in a name — Pikachu, Beikaciu, Pikaqiu?" (5/31/16)