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View Poll Results: Meow or Nyan?
Meow 22 64.71%
Nyan 12 35.29%
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:36 AM
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Default Do cats say 'meow' or 'nyan'?

Recently, a bunch of people have started to say that cats say 'nyan', when they clearly say 'meow'. What do you think?
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:32 AM
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I don't know if they're referencing the Nyan Cat... Maybe they are.

Of course they Meow.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:42 AM
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Default Re: Do cats say 'meow' or 'nyan'?

I am not going to make a decision because they make the noises so similar to both, it is not really a choice xD

Plus, Nyan is Japanese for Meow.
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Default Re: Do cats say 'meow' or 'nyan'?

Depends where you live. As Voices said, the Japanese word for the sound a cat makes is 'Nyan'. The English word is 'meow'. It just so happens that the English word sounds like what they actually say - the word isn't meant to be what cats say, it's the name for the sound, if that makes sense. Like, the French word for 'woof' is 'trame'. :3

So, for me, 'meow' all the way.

And yeah, if English-speakers say 'nyan', it's probably due to this video.
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Depends where you live. As Voices said, the Japanese word for the sound a cat makes is 'Nyan'. The English word is 'meow'. It just so happens that the English word sounds like what they actually say - the word isn't meant to be what cats say, it's the name for the sound, if that makes sense. Like, the French word for 'woof' is 'trame'. :3

So, for me, 'meow' all the way.

And yeah, if English-speakers say 'nyan', it's probably due to this video.
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Default Re: Do cats say 'meow' or 'nyan'?

I think this is based on the fact that different cultures perceive things differently. Cats sound the same wherever you go, but people tend to relate the sounds to the language they speak.
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I think this is based on the fact that different cultures perceive things differently. Cats sound the same wherever you go, but people tend to relate the sounds to the language they speak.
Nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan. :D
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Default Re: Do cats say 'meow' or 'nyan'?

In all honesty, is sounds closer to me as "mrow" as an onomatopoeia, so I chose the first one because it sounds closest to my ears, but, as has been said, the word itself is less of an onomatopoeia as it is a name for the word. After all, roosters don't say "cockadoodleddoo," they just make a loud noise to that rhythm.
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Meow in English, nyan in Japanese.
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Default Re: Do cats say 'meow' or 'nyan'?

Nyan is a sounds that belongs to a breed known as the poptart cat.

Meow belongs to every other domestic cat.

SO NYAN
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Mine growls at me because it dislikes me severely.
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Neither.

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Meow, I have 2 cats. People probably say "Nyan" becuase of the Nyan Cat Video. Go on Google Translate and Translate Nyan from Japanese to English and it's Meow.
Go Here and Press Listen: http://translate.google.com/#en|ja|Meow That's what it sounds like ;P
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Nyan, just because I kinda got used to that after years of anime. lol
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:41 AM
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Default Re: Do cats say 'meow' or 'nyan'?

Well yes it depends on the language you speak, if your main language is English you would refer it as "Meow" but if your first language is Japanese like me it would be "Nyan".
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