Nonsensical game names interpreted by online dictionaries

PenPen Trilcelon suggests: Penmen (a person who writes or copies; scribe; copyist) suggests: Trailsmen (people who follow a trail) suggests: Pampean (of or relating to the pampas [grass-covered plains] of South America or their Indian inhabitants) suggests: Triathlon (an athletic contest that is a long-distance race consisting of three phases)


Real words! No meaning to the majority of people reading them!

Katamari Damacy

Actual Japanese translation: Clump Soul suggests: Katmai (an active volcano in southwest Alaska) suggests: Daman (a rare name for the hyrax, any of several species of small mammals of the order Hyracoidea, of Africa and the Mediterranean region) suggests: Catenary (the curve assumed by a cord of uniform density and cross section that is perfectly flexible but not capable of being stretched and that hangs freely from two fixed points) suggests: Admass (mass-media advertising)

Shin Megami Tensei

Actual Japanese translation: True Goddess Reincarnation suggests: Magma (molten material beneath or within the earth's crust) suggests: Tense (in a state of mental or nervous strain) suggests: Megohm (one million ohms) suggests: Teensy (very small or diminutive)

Herzog Zwei

Actual German translation: Duke Two suggests: Wei (any of several dynasties that ruled in North China, especially one ruling a.d. 220265 and one ruling a.d. 386534) suggests: Zori (a flat thonged sandal usually made of straw, cloth, leather, or rubber)

What about "Herzog Zwei"? suggests: Hoosgows (a slang word for jail)


Actual Japanese translation: Great Ball suggests: Adama (another name for Admah, one of the cities that was destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah) suggests: Edema (an abnormal infiltration and excess accumulation of serous fluid in connective tissue)

Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring

Actual German translation: Ambition suggests: Elegize (to lament in an elegy) suggests: Erotize (to invest with erotic significance or sexual feeling)

Suikoden Tierkreis

Actual Japanese and German translation: Water Margin Zodiac suggests: Sudden (happening, coming, made, or done quickly, without warning, or unexpectedly) suggests: Terries (the loops formed by the pile of a fabric when left uncut) suggests: Studding (the studs of a building or wall) suggests: Traitress (a woman who is a traitor)

Meaning at last

So, would you play any of these dictionary-approved games? Metal Gear Rising: Refinance, where Raiden must allocate funds? Bourbonist Joe, Capcom's spotlight on a young man's extremely conservative politics? Let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorite made-up game names, and how those chumps at Oxford would interpret it.

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