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I know Pokemon is short for Pocket monsters.But why dont they call it pocket monsters here?

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Because n America there was a show and a game called Monsters in my pocket. They couldnt lunch a game named Pocket Monster(copyright stuff) so they too pocket and made it poke, they took monsters and made it mon. poke+mon=Pokemon. Here is a link to a Monsters in my Pocket episode.
Also here is a video of monsters in my pokcket video game for NES

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This is a way better answer but I never heard of that series was it cancelled early?
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I think Pocket Monsters is the japanese translation, and they just shortened it to pokemon here in the US.

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