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28th Jan '18 10:38:48 AM mattthelurker
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[[WMG: The inconsistency of pony names is because the current system is a mishmash of three different ones]]
Specifically, it's an amalgam of earth pony, pegasus, and unicorn naming systems.
* The earth pony system was a personal name - family name system, with consistent surnames among families, similar to the system used in most Western countries (e.g. all the known members of the ''Pie'' family share the surname ''Pie'').
* The unicorn system was a family name - personal name system, similar to that found in some East Asian countries (e.g. ''Twilight'' Velvet and ''Twilight'' Sparkle).
* Finally, to encourage loyalty to the state above their families, pegasi were given names unconnected to those of their parents (e.g. Windy Whistles and Bow Hothoof naming their daughter Rainbow Dash)

As the tribes united and began to intermarry, the naming systems all blended together.

28th Jan '18 10:27:29 AM mattthelurker
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** Which would explain why Pipsqueak said he was celebrating his "first Nightmare Night ever", despite later episodes showing him to be around the Crusaders' age - Trottingham was a high-enough priority for Celestia to steer them away from Nightmare Night.
7th Oct '17 11:15:51 AM reptoherp
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[[WMG: Donkey language rhymes]]
This means that Zecora's rhyming is part of her accent.
17th Sep '17 6:22:04 AM MorphinBrony
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* {{Jossed}} as of the Season 6 episode "Flutter Brutter."
16th Sep '17 11:47:58 PM MorphinBrony
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[[WMG: The word "ass" is a racial slur for donkeys.]]
Consider that in English, ass is not only an archaic term for donkeys, but also an insult, meaning "a stupid, foolish, or stubborn person." Combined with "ass" being considered a swearword... well, the UnfortunateImplications write themselves.
11th Aug '17 3:14:28 PM Theriocephalus
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* This can probably be safely considered jossed. While the Apple siblings' dad ''was'' called Bright Macintosh, their mom was born Pear Butter and later went by Buttercup. Likewise, while Twilight does have the same first half of her name with her mother Twilight Velvet, Shining Armor does not share any part of his name with his dad Night Light. Similarly, Rainbow Dash doesn't share any part of her name with her mother Windy Whistles. As for Rarity and Sweetie Belle, their mom is canonically named Cookie Crumbles -- they didn't get any part of their names from her either.




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*** By that token, though, all human names are real words as well (which does make sense, as names are in the end personal descriptors): all modern names turn out to be actual words and phrases or full sentences in some language or another if you go back far enough, with centuries of repetition as languages change having caused their immediate meanings to be lost. In light of that, it may be more likely that Equestria's naming traditions are due to ponies being careful to translate the words that make up their names as their language evolves to make sure their meanings are not lost.




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* The problem with this is that among the named, married pony couples we’ve seen so far (mid-Season 7), only the Pies (who are fairly obviously outliers to mainstream Equestrian culture anyway) share a name. As for the others, Night Light didn't take Twilight Velvet's name, Bow Hothoof didn't take Windy Whistles', and Bright Macintosh didn't take Pear Butter's either.
22nd May '17 8:57:01 AM valar55
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* The real question this raises is why is there a need for a draft? A secret war perhaps? But against who?

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* The real question this raises is is, why is there a need for a draft? A secret war perhaps? But against who?
25th Nov '16 10:34:54 AM nombretomado
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* [[AustinPowers Who throws a shoe? Honestly!]]

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* [[AustinPowers [[Film/AustinPowers Who throws a shoe? Honestly!]]
21st May '16 5:46:19 PM Nyperold
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[[WMG: Equestrian has at least two writing systems.]]
* One we saw in the very first episode (a book we saw) and in The Show Stoppers (the talent show poster). Its alphabet depicts unicorn horns, unicorn heads, entire unicorns, horseshoes, crescent moons, lightning bolts, spirals, and a few other things I can't identify (pimento olives?). I believe it is used for words native to the Equestrian language. The other is a Latin-based alphabet, possibly for loanwords from our languages that use it. Millenia of linguistic evolution may have turned "Sisterhooves Social" into "SIHOVI IVCIOVCΓLO", but the letters are mostly still recognizable.
10th Mar '16 8:27:20 PM nombretomado
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** ''Stallion with a winged skull cutie mark and a high-peaked combination cap:'' We shall purge the Universe of the Foul Forces of [[CareBears Care-a-Lot]]! Glory to the First Stallion to Die! FOR THE PRINCESS!

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** ''Stallion with a winged skull cutie mark and a high-peaked combination cap:'' We shall purge the Universe of the Foul Forces of [[CareBears [[Franchise/CareBears Care-a-Lot]]! Glory to the First Stallion to Die! FOR THE PRINCESS!
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