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“Pokémon” Gets Official Dictionary Definition

  • Author:Tony Feng
  • Source:teenVUGUE
  • Release on:2016-07-21

Especially now that Pokémon Go has entered our lives, we are throwing around (and catching) the word Pokémon a lot more now, rarely pausing the game to appreciate what it means. Today (July 19), Dictionary.com added an official definition to the word, according to TIME.

Here's the official definition:

"1. A media franchise including video games, animated television series, movies, card games, etc. that depict a fictional class of pet monsters and their trainers. 2. A pet monster in this fictional world."

The name of the game sounds Japanese, but it was actually English to begin with (it’s a process called wasei eigo, which language writer John Kelly told TIME is essentially “Japan-made English”). The phrase “pocket monster" became “poketto monsutā," and became Pokémon as we know it.

Like "feels" and "bestie", which recently joined the ranks of colloquialisms that turned into actual Dictionary.com entries, it was only a matter of time before Pokémon earned a spot, too.

But here’s the weird part: Its induction into the official word-of-fame is a complete coincidence, and does not coincide with the game suddenly going viral.

The more you know, the more you catch? Let’s hope so.