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Pokémon Nicknames: Corphish and Crawdaunt

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… and I just happen to HAVE some butter, Miss Misaki!

Corphish (in Japanese: ヘイガニ  “Heigani”) is a Water-type Pokémon. Corphish evolves into Crawdaunt (in Japanese: シザリガー  “Shizariger”) starting at level 30. Where it becomes a WATER & DARK dual- type. Corphish is basically a “crawfish” or “crayfish”. When Corphic evolves into Crawdaunt, it is a much larger, daunting crawfish. Crawdaunt may also be some type of lobster, as it certainly looks enough one.

One of the nonsensical or non-science-i-cal aspects about Pokémon is that Water-types do not appear to be confined to either freshwater or saltwater environments. If Corphish is a freshwater crayfish, it should not evolve into a salt-water lobster. These and other Water-type Pokémon may be caught in either environment apparently – as long as there is a water body — sometime coastal, but then sometimes inland.

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I named one Corphish/Crawdaunt the name “Crawdaddy” which is another name for fereshwater crayfish. Crawdaddy was also the name of the 1970s counter-culture magazine, which featured articles on rock music and popular culture. If you love classic rock, you should see if your library has old copies of Crawdaddy.

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The magazine was a lot like “RollingStone”, at least before RollingStone magazine became musically irrelevant and unreadable by the 1990s, … but I digress once again. Kids, it is OK to NOT CARE a lobster shit what RollingStone says. It sucks — but not like in the way you eat a crawdad.

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I think that she is the best singer in AKB48, and probably the least “shellfish”.

These photos of Iwasa Misaki (oh … Wasamin … my oshimen … Denny faints … THUD) were taken for her participation in the most recent AKB48 “Janken” tournament. Participants in the tournament always dress in costume. Wasamin came to the event dressed as some type of crustacean. I think she might actually be a shrimp however, not a crayfish. I don’t care – she could be a krill, it is close enough to crawfish for me.  People put butter all over their crayfish and then suck out all the wonderful juice … er .. not that I would ever do that to Wasamin …and I am obviously meandering again.

Some people like to suck the head — the New Orleans method:

I have use the name “Scampi”, after the shrimp dish, but arguably that might be better for the shrimp-like Pokémon Clauncher.

I have also used the name “Prawn Star” because shrimp are prawns, and it sounds like “Porn Star” and Crawdaunt has a yellow star on its head for some reason … or is that just a star-shaped tab of butter?

Other names:

“Pinchy” after the Simpsons episode where Homer adopts a lobster.

“Robert Cray” after the blues guitarist.

“CrayBoy” as word play on the men’s magazine that … um … er … never mind.

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“Cray Lola” for a female, word play based on the name for the famous crayon maker.

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Of course you can think of other names which have to do with eating southern cooked crawfish. Such names as “Cajun”, “Louisiana”, “Gumbo” , “Jambalaya”,  “Cayenne” “Red Bayou, etc. come to mind.

What is the name for your suckable crustacean? Please comment!

References: As always, I get a lot of my basic information from the Bulbapedia and Serebii websites. The rest of it is always just a hazy memory of pale ale and cheesecake.

Starlight: Have not smoked a crawdad since 1979.

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Pokémon Nicknames: Taillow and Swellow

Billions of these Macs were sold!

Taillow ( in Japanese: スバメ  “Subame”) is a NORMAL-FLYING -type Pokémon. It evolves into Swellow (in Japanese: オオスバメ Ohsubame”) starting at level 22, where it remains a NORMAL-FLYING type.

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I named a Taillow “McWings” after the chicken wing item that used to be sold at McDonalds Restaurants.

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Also, I named it “McWings” after Paul McCartney and Wings, the band that “Macca” (Paul McCartney’s nickname!) formed after the Beatles broke up. There was a famous Creem Magazine cover in 1976 which had Paul McCartney dressed as someone from the McDonalds corporation (cartoon photo above). The joke was that Paul McCartney’s band was super-popular, but critics thought that Paul was becoming too commercial, and simply writing songs to sell a product — that is, millions of records , the way McDonalds sold millions of burgers.  I digress however …

Open a box of Macca “Silly Love Songs” here … Note that the guy in the blond Afro in the video below is actually Denny in 1976! … but I digress once more …

I keep the name even after it evolves.  I have also named some Swellow “McCartney”. I have named some female Swellow “Lovelace” but I am embarrassed to admit it. There was a Rodney Dangerfield movie where a sexy lady asked him what his favorite bird was, and he answers “the Swallow” then leers as he always did.

Other possible names: Swell Fellow.  I name some Taillow “Kamikaze” (with two star symbols at each end).  If you teach it the “Brave Bird” move, it becomes reminiscent of Japan’s World War II pilots, or the alcoholic drink popular with naïve college students.  “Hitchcock” might be good, because it is a movie reference (“The Birds”), and a tough bird may be a tough cock.

I think that Taillow is a lot tougher than most players give it credit for.  I raised the Attack-stat on mine way up, and taught it moves like “Steel Wing”.

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I did not worry about a Special Move, so that saved EV training points.  It has “Guts” ability, if it is hit with a status problem, that just boosts the Attack stat!  I raised this McWings in the original Sapphire, and transferred it all the way through other games to Pokemon Y.  I am raising a new chick in Omega Ruby however …

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“How can I tell you about my loved one …”

I have also used the name “Paris London“. Because these are the two cities in “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. Get it a “Taillow of two cities”.  Ha Ha.

I think that “Hawkwind” would be a good name – after the great space-metal rock band that Lemmie was in. 

What is your nickname for your Taillow or Swellow? Please comment!

 

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