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Desperately needing a name change.....

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Two rikishi who desperately need a name change-

M14e Abi  (Sorry but everytime I see his name I think of the female forensic scientist on NCIS)

Not as bad as-

ms32 w  Oki (How tempting would it be to ask his Oyakata if he could change the second part from Kazuke to Doki or even Coki?)

Any more?

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Just now, Yukiarashi said:

Sd81e Imafuku

That does not look good in English.

It would be worse if it had an A at the end instead of a U though..

Then it would read "I'm a f***er.."

Two of the recent Yokozunas changed theiir shikonas...

One got it right,one got it wrong......

Hagiwara to Kisenosato was a good move but Ama to Harumafuji wasn't...

In bench sumo I referred to him as Harryama........

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Very short shikona (in English) look like either abbreviations or interjections:

Abi

Akua

Oki

Irie

Saio

Toho

Iko

Hao

 

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I was always surprised Kotooshu never changed his name.......

Did sumo fans hearing his name say "Bless You?"

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These don't need to be changed but they fit phrases

Here Yago:

Queen of Shiba

Oki dokie (first post)

I guess you Kansei that

When you want me to start SeiGo!

Hao are you doing?

I'm visting Tokio

Ono!

Wada cash (wad of)

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I think names like Aoi and Akua, which just sound like regular words ('blue' and 'aqua'), even when they have very different kanji like in the case of Yuki (neither of his kanji mean 'snow', but his name sounds just like it), are deserving of a change. I know they tend to stand out and that's what they're probably aiming for when they choose those shikona, but part of the appeal of sumo to me is how unique all the names are. They rarely sound like any Japanese name you'd hear on TV.

Other than that, maybe Hidenoumi? He's my favorite rikishi in juryo, but I've always found his name difficult to say. But the yobidashi probably have an easier time than me.

And I agree, any very short shikona needs an upgrade unless it's a pretty darn good shikona.

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13 minutes ago, Yukiarashi said:

These don't need to be changed but they fit phrases

Here Yago:

Queen of Shiba

Oki dokie (first post)

I guess you Kansei that

When you want me to start SeiGo!

Hao are you doing?

I'm visting Tokio

Ono!

Wada cash (wad of)

OK, remember, you started it:  "improved" shikona

Abi Masatora -> Abi Sinya

Akua Shoma -> Akua Marinu

Oki Kazuki -> Oki Fenoki

Irie Masato -> Irie Kanaru

Saio Yuichi -> Saio Nara

Toho Soshi -> Toho Satudio

Iko Zensho -> Iko Turistu

Hao Manzo -> Hao Matsu

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Irie-gation

Hao,hao its off to work we go.........

Hao is is also close to "Hey oh" which is an English phrase meaning,Oh well nevermind...........

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The sound of rikishi's names can be confusing for personal assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. When she first appeared about five years ago, I asked Siri how Hakuho did in his last tournament. Siri replied that I shouldn't speak to her using such profane language. I think she must have interpreted his name to be something like "a__hole". When I now ask Siri about a rikishi, I always include the word "sumo". Often, she still has no clue of what I'm talking about. When I asked a question about Tochinoshin, she provided several sources of information--about oceans.

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I think Hienriki should be reserved for a German rikishi. 

And Kenyu? Yes I can.

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12 hours ago, Fujisan said:

It would be worse if it had an A at the end instead of a U though..

Then it would read "I'm a f***er.."

Two of the recent Yokozunas changed theiir shikonas...

One got it right,one got it wrong......

Hagiwara to Kisenosato was a good move but Ama to Harumafuji wasn't...

In bench sumo I referred to him as Harryama........

Imagine he had an A instead of I.

Abi seems to have a lot of fans in Germany, even before he entered sumo. You see lots of cars with stickers on the rear window. Abi 2017, Abi 2016, 2015 and so on :-D

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17 hours ago, Pandaazuma said:

IIRC, didn't @Randomitsuki do a series on funny names? Perhaps in his Bench Sumo comments?

Well I didn't copy it and not everyone here plays bench sumo anyway....

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http://benchsumo.sumogames.de/Results.aspx?B=125&D=7

I did it for you, Fujesus (results and comments are public - you don't even have to login). Be sure to check the whole basho to see how it's done.

Also, shouldn't this be in the Off topic section by now?

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Pleasure's mine. It was especially ironic and satisfying to see Fujesus at the time try to be as funny as you were, but fall flat on his face. Also, I saw what you did there with Satani. (Laughing...)

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Also, every man in Turkey and some in Azerbaijan are great fans of Abi. They used his shikona even before he was born.

The Azerbaijani singer Uzeyir Mehdizade even has a song dedicated to Abi!

 

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After watching an episode of "Trails to Tsukiji" featuring Japanese cod, I think the perfect shikona for a nice fat young  rikishi would be Tarafuku.  Sadly, no hit on the Sumo DB :-(.

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