Star Wars, no longer alone in a galaxy far, far away, has taken up residence in the magical world of Disney. The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm will bring two favorite popular culture franchises together with an abundance of characters, themes and, technologies. To celebrate, Dictionary.com has gathered the top 5 words added to the English language by Disney and Star Wars.
Defined as “a nonsense word meaning ‘fantastic’ and used by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English,” the tongue twister popularized by Mary Poppins crosses the lips as sweetly as a spoon full of sugar.
Defined as “a person who claims to live according to a philosophy based on that of the fictional Jedi, a caste of wizards who are trained to defend justice and peace in the universe in the Star Wars series of films by George Lucas, U.S. film director.” Regardless of what one does for a living, being called a “Jedi” of the occupation can never be a bad thing.
Defined as “the technology connected with the use of electronics to animate puppets or other figures,” these look-a-like robots developed by Disney have become a staple at theme parks, bringing us closer to figures ranging from Abraham Lincoln to Indiana Jones than we’d ever dreamed possible.
This Lucasfilm Ltd. trademarked abbreviation of “android,” which refers to “automaton in the form of a human being,” is now fully integrated into the vernacular, as millions of Motorola Droid users beep and whir like R2D2. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between Wookies and droids, Han Solo clarified: droids, unlike Wookies, don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose at games of chance.
One definition defines as “the last surviving master of Jedi skills who trains Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars,” the second movie.” Also befitting is the meaning: “an extremely wise and knowledgeable person, esp. a mentor.” A teacher and spiritual advisor…being a green puppet never seemed so respectable.
Defined as “creating or altering in a simplified, sentimentalized, or contrived form or manner,” this term explains transformations that unfold in communities in order to attract more tourists. Disneyland certainly has extended its influence far and wide.