Saturday, January 27, 2007

Star Wars and Grammar...

The opening crawl of Return of the Jedi just passed and it mentions that Luke is going back to Tatooine to rescue Han from the clutches of the vile gangster, Jabba the Hutt.

But...shouldn't it be Jabba, the Hutt? With a comma? I mean, there are more Hutts out in the galaxy than Jabba. Jabba had to come from somewhere. So, leaving the comma out suggests that Jabba would be known as The Hutt. As in the first and foremost Hutt anywhere. And, in a sense maybe he is because he is a big time player in the underworld, but at the same time even the title could be separated with a comma.

Jabba, the Hutt.

No matter whether you are thinking about "the Hutt" as a descriptor for what exactly Jabba is or as a descriptor for who exactly Jabba is, there should probably be a comma.

Please return to your regularly scheduled program.

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