Pop culture references are amazing. They let you spot fellow nerds from your fandom from a mile away and show off just how much you know about your favourite TV shows and films. As the years pass by, some of the oldest entertainment franchises inspired a treasure trove of fan fiction and it’s almost like they have built a whole language with a web of words picked from moments in pop culture.
Nerds might not have succeeded in getting all the spells from Harry Potter films into an official dictionary or register Dothraki (the Game of Thrones) fandom does have a language course on High Valyrian) but, one of the world’s largest sci-fi film franchise is getting somewhere with making movie lingo official. Star Wars fans can now drop references backed up by the Oxford Dictionary. Oxford Dictionary has officially included terms from Star Wars in its pages. The linguistics of the film will soon go down in history as words from a Galaxy Far Far Away… will crop up in conversations more often than they already do.
Public.oed.com just published a bunch of new words that will be recognized by Oxford Dictionary as of October 2019. The dictionary has added ‘Lightsabre’, ‘Padawan’, ‘Jedi’, ‘Mind trick’ and the ‘Force’. Only fans know how often these words come up in conversation and more importantly, in memes. This is exciting news for everyone waiting eagerly for the next Star Wars film to drop. Here are the terms with their description:
Jedi: /ˈdʒɛdʌɪ/ noun
a member of the mystical knightly order in the Star Wars films, trained to guard peace and justice in the Universe.
lightsabre/ ˈlʌɪtseɪbə/ noun
(in science fiction) a sword whose blade is in the form of a laser or powerful beam of light, as used by the Jedi knights in the Star Wars films.
Padawan/ ˈpadəwɒn/ noun
With the and chiefly with capital initial. In the fictional universe of the Star Wars films: a mystical universal energy field which certain individuals, such as the Jedi (see Jedi n.), can harness to gain special powers or abilities. Also in extended use, and in allusions to dialogue from the Star Wars films, esp. may the Force be with you (used to wish someone good luck, courage, etc.).
mind trick (Jedi mind trick)
Jedi mind trick n. (also with capital initials) (in the fictional universe of the Star Wars films) a telepathic technique of psychological manipulation used by the Jedi; also in extended and allusive use.
Force, when used with a capital ‘F’, is an addition made to Jedi. So we at least have the good side of the Force registered. What’s really interesting about these new additions is that ‘Mind Trick’ came up in George Lucas’ universe in 1983 in Return of the Jedi and by 1990 it started being used by researchers to denote psychological manipulation. Star Wars gave words to the dictionary and it only makes sense that Oxford inculcates some of their terminologies.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is all set to release on December 20, 2019.
Original Source: https://in.mashable.com/culture/7648/get-the-jedi-order-ready-star-wars-terms-are-now-recognized-by-oxford-dictionary