By now you’re probably aware of this year’s big blockbuster Star Trek, Star Trek Beyond, and of all the new names being announced by Paramount Pictures.
As the new movie series is still in production and there’s still no release date, it’s hard to get too excited about these new Star Wars names, which have to be seen to be believed.
But you could be forgiven for assuming that this was an attempt to honour the beloved names of famous actors, musicians, and writers who were the ones to pioneer the use of the word “Star Wars.”
Well, no more!
These new names have all been officially revealed, but the name recognition of the name “Jabba” (as it is officially spelled) is a bit more complicated than what you might expect.
The original pronunciation of “Jaboo” is as a combination of “ja” and “bongo.”
In other words, it sounds like the word Jabba was pronounced “Bongo.”
This pronunciation has been used by the Imperial Fence, and by the Mandalorians themselves, for centuries, and it is very common.
So, when a new name is officially announced, the new pronunciation is given a second glance.
However, the second-look version is often incorrect.
For instance, the pronunciation “Jabaloo” as “Boonoo” was also used by Darth Vader, and the name Jabba’s Palace has also been used as “Palace of Terror” by Jabba Desilijic Tiure, the infamous Jabba the Hutt.
When Jabba appeared on the big screen in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the word was pronounced differently than the one used in the original trilogy.
A fan named “Alfonso” came up with the pronunciation that we use today.
“Boono” is a variant of “boom” and, when used as a name in the film, it was pronounced like “boono.” “Alfonse” then used the pronunciation as “aylse” in the script.
In the original script, the name is pronounced as “al” and the pronunciation is “ay” (as in “awl”).
However in the theatrical cut of the film (which was released in December 2015), the pronunciation of the “ayla” version is pronounced “ay-la” instead of “ayls.”
That’s not to say that the pronunciation has changed, but it is a minor change that doesn’t impact the pronunciation at all.
Still, “Japabo” is a fun name to remember for a number of reasons, not least of which is because it is the name of the famous character in Star Trek: The Original Series, J. J. Abrams.
To get a sense of just how much of a fan it is, Abrams gave fans a look back at Abrams’ childhood with his cousin, who was named “Jajajajaja.”
Jajaja’s name, “Hans,” is actually pronounced “HAN-JAA-JAH” , and he had the name changed to “Jajaajaja” because of the controversy surrounding the pronunciation.
If you’ve ever wondered what the pronunciation for “Hannibal Lecter” is in Star Fleet, you can read the article in our “Star Trek Encyclopedia” article about it.
It turns out that Jabba actually has a cousin named “Bongoo,” which is pronounced “bong” in the original series.
Jabba was also named “Vader,” after a character in the series of films.
And, for some reason, he also gets his name changed twice: once for his parents, who are named “Han” and once for himself, who is named “Yoda.”
Now, if you have any questions about this new name, just ask!