7 Terms From Star Wars That Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean!

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Despite all the humans, English language, and proper British accents, it’s important to remember that the Star Wars universe isn’t our own. Things are different there – they have landspeeders, they order around protocol droids, and their language – although sounding similar – has words that we think we know, but really have no clue. These are 7 terms from Star Wars that don’t mean what you think they mean.

7. “Sith” is a species.

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The Sith are the bad-guy Force people. Everyone knows that! They’re the anti-Jedi, lightning shooting, Darth-named weirdos who refuse to use anything other than red in their lightsabers. Except…well, they didn’t start off as “the group of Dark Side Force-guys.” They started off as a species unto themselves.

Basically, they were red-skinned humanoids with gross face-tentacles from the planet Korriban. They had a predisposition towards the Dark Side of the Force, but that wasn’t what defined them. That happened once a group of human Dark Jedi happened upon the species and interbred with them for a couple thousand years. Eventually, the Sith species was pretty much bred out of existence, and Sith became synonymous with the evil, cloak-wearing dudes we know them as today.

Although, it probably would’ve been smart to try using any lightsaber color other than red if they wanted to not give away their allegiances immediately.

6. “Blue Milk” is bantha milk.

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Remember that gross blue milk Luke drinks on Tatooine? Well it gets even grosser – that milk is actually bantha milk, a.k.a. those huge, hairy, horned buffaloes the sand people are always riding on. Yes, someone actually squeezes udders (presumably under the bantha) and some disgusting blue milk shoots out and into a bucket. Since it seems SUBSTANTIALLY more dangerous to milk an elephant-sized bantha than your average cow, one would imagine blue milk would be more of an expensive or rare commodity than Luke treats it. Then again, we don’t know if pasteurization exists in the Star Wars universe, so maybe Luke just knew that blue milk swimming with bacteria wasn’t worth getting stomped on.

5. “Death Stick” is a hallucinogen

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If you’ll recall, “Death Sticks” were introduced in Attack of the Clones, when a Death Stick-guy offered a Death Stick to Obi-Wan – who, for whatever reason, declined the Death Stick. Reminder: in this universe, there is a product that people consciously use that is called “DEATH STICK.” Regardless, you would probably assume they were preachy Star Wars stand-ins for cigarettes, since – ya know – “death stick” is literally a slang term for cigarettes. But you’d be wrong.

Death sticks are actually hallucinogens. And not just any hallucinogens! These hallucinogens actually reduce your lifespan every time you use one – shortening your life more and more with each successive stick of death. Even more weirdly, the death sticks natural state was a liquid that could be added to alcohol or injected straight into your veins. And even double-weirdly, they inhibited your connection with the Force.

So: reduces your lifespan, cuts you off from the Force, and is literally named “DEATH STICKS.” Cigarettes don’t look so bad now, do they MOM?

4. “Spice” is a variety of drugs.

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We don’t know much about Han Solo’s smuggling career from the information provided in the films – we know he smuggles things, and that those things are probably illegal, and that a big desert slug is none too happy with his smuggling prowess, and that he would never ever be the first one to shoot another over a dispute involving smuggling. That’s where the Expanded Universe of books, comics, and videogames comes in handy – filling in literally every possible corner of the Star Wars galaxy (remember that droid that Uncle Owen was gonna buy but it broke down? That was Skippy the Jedi Droid!). It turns out Han Solo was a big-time spice smuggler – but not the spice of making food taste better. Nope, it’s similar to the sci-fi mind-expanding narcotic from the Dune series. That’s right – spice is drugs. Which makes Han Solo a drug smuggler.

The variety of specific spice drugs runs the gamut from Giggledust (which makes everything seem funny) to Thruster Head (which caused extreme hallucinations). Han tended to smuggle the dirtier stuff for the Hutts, because he’s a vaguely-menacing rogue who does whatever he needs to in order to survive and not a hyper-moral prince valiant who only shoots in self-defense.

3. “Wyrwulf” is a baby alien.

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When you hear the term “wyrwulf,” odds are you think it’s the Star Wars equivalent of a werewolf (but spelled differently because they just haaave to be different). Except, it’s totally not that. Nope, wyrwulves are six-legged wolves that are actually just baby aliens. See, once they reach puberty, they turn into a cocoon and emerge as a four-armed humanoid alien of the Codru-Ji species (that have almost no canine features, it should probably be noted because what the hell?). This all means that a fully-grown Codru-Ji’s kid looks an awful lot like it’s just the family dog. A reminder to Codru-Ji parents out there: don’t confuse your dog with your child, unless you’re cool with accidentally neutering Junior.

2. “Jizz” is a type of music.

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Yes. “Jizz” is a genre of music in the Star Wars universe. Those who play Jizz are known as “Jizz-wailers.” This is all real. Figran D’an and the Modal Nodes (the weird testicle-headed cantina band from A New Hope that has a name and it’s Figran D’an and the Modal Nodes) play Jizz. The “doo doo doo da doo doo doo” cantina music is Jizz.

The term first appeared in the novelization of Return of the Jedi, written by James Khan, who must have had a nice laugh to himself by adding the term “jizz” into Star Wars canon as a predominant genre of music. George Lucas probably wouldn’t have allowed this if he were paying attention at all, but he was pretty busy stroking his tiny beard and salivating as Ewok toy sales that year.

1. “Heyblibber” is a word that exists.

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It’s a type of Gungan underwater transport ship, instead of what it should mean: nothing, because ‘heyblibber’ is too dumb of a word to be real.

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