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May the 4th Be With You: Star Words

March 31, 2017
Rejoice, Star Wars fans! May the 4th is National Star Wars Day! The epic film series launched plenty of words—like Jedi and Wookiee—but it also made use of existing words, giving them a new spin, and a new force, if you will. Our Star Wars lexicon will serve you well in any galaxy.
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clone
Do you love yourself? If you said yes, then you should become a genetic engineer and make yourself a clone. A clone is a genetic copy of someone: clones look exactly the same, much like identical twins. The stormtroopers in the first three Star Wars movies (and those execrable prequels) were clones. In fact, they were a clone army. Hey, if you can’t recruit an army of jackbooted thugs, why not grow them in a petri dish?
She earned this position by becoming one of the first Galactic senators to publicly object to Emperor Palpatine’s rise to power during the Clone Wars.
force
As the old joke goes, the force in Star Wars is like duct tape: it has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together. In our universe, the force is a broad term for various types of strength and power. An anvil falling from a great height has a lot of force. Employees are called the workforce, and if you have a lot of them, you can get more done. When countries go to war, they’ve decided to use force instead of diplomacy. Forces get stuff done.
“The force is strong with this one.” – Darth Vader
galaxy
How many people have learned this word from the famous opening crawl of Star Wars? “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” Galaxy is part of a sequence of increasingly larger cosmic stuff we’re part of: planet, solar system, galaxy, universe. A galaxy contains a whole bunch of solar systems, each of which has a sun and some planets.
Is he a Jedi teleported from the distant past and galaxies far far away?
imperial
Another Star Wars word refer to empires: imperial. In addition to referring to an actual empire, things and people described as imperial are majestic, commanding, or high-and-mighty.
Like Darth Vader preparing to unleash a Force choke on a garrulous Imperial officer, we view such frivolities with icy scorn.
rebellion
Nearly four decades later, she was still playing Leia, only now as a general of the rebellion in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
destiny
In the original trilogy, Darth Vader tried to convince his son Luke that the farm boy’s destiny was to rule the galaxy with pop. Someone’s destiny is their fate. If something is destined to happen, then it has to happen.
He admired Luke Skywalker for finding within himself “the resources of character to meet his destiny.”
empire
The bad guys in Star Wars are the empire—the galactic empire. This isn’t a sloppy word choice, since the leader of the empire is an emperor—excuse me, THE Emperor. With his repressive regime and freaky lightning shooting out of his fingertips, the Emperor is not a contender for the Star Wars equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize. Empire was originally a borrowing from French and refers a realm or territory with an absolute ruler: an empire is the opposite of a democracy.
The empire in “Star Wars” gets a bad rap.
apprentice
phantom
Well, almost the first: Lucas, lest we forget, introduced the servile TC-14 for an early scene in The Phantom Menace.
menace
On Global News, a Star Wars fan snarkily joked that “someone probably showed him Phantom Menace.”
alliance
The good guys in Star Wars are part of the Rebel Alliance. An alliance brings together different people and factions, like the Allied Powers in World War II. An ally is a friend you can count on. Alliance gained popularity thanks to reality TV shows where characters make alliances: secret pacts designed to ensure their survival and crush other contestants. When you’re in an alliance, you have friends—and usually enemies too. That’s why you needed the friends in the first place.
Then again, there appear to be more bug-eyed lobster men than women among the highest ranks of the Rebel Alliance.
millennium
There are a lot of callbacks to the cantina scene and the Millennium Falcon being a piece of junk.
deceive
“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
disturbing
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader
mission
“I’m a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan.” – Princess Leia

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