Pac-Man’s original English name was Puck Man.


The original Japanese version of the game was called “Pakkuman.” This name came from the Japanese folk hero “Paku,” who was well known for having a large appetite. The name also comes from the slang phrase paku-paku taberu, in which “paku-paku” is an onomatopoeia for the sound of a mouth opening and shutting quickly.

The reason for the name change was because it was believed that when they imported the game to the United States that vandals would be likely to change the ‘P’ to an ‘F,’ forming a common expletive. Eventually they decided to use the American version’s name, “Pac-Man”, for the rest of the world. This is according to the creator of “Pac-Man” in an interview with Wired.
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