The Galaxy far, far away is full of unusual methods of communication: Chewbacca roars like a startled yeti; Watto sounds like a teenager trying to sound European; nobody has the slightest idea what’s going on with Jar Jar Binks.  Still, the reigning grand champions of talkin’ funny are those big bad Jedi, Yoda and Vader.  Syntax inverted Yoda has, while Vader’s *KSSH* run-in with his *HRRSH* mentor in the lava field left him with a *KSSH* noteworthy side-effect, leading to today’s long, long ago query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) supposes we could also throw in the patented Skywalker whine, but that seems a bit mean, asking:  Which idiosyncratic communication habit would you rather have: Darth Vader’s breathing or Yoda’s speech patterns?


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  1. Yoda’s speech patterns. Vader’s breathing sounds would be problematic in certain situations as I’m not Force sensitive, so having a garbled speech pattern wouldn’t affect my chances of hiding well, but a loud breathing mechanism might make it difficult for me to hide or sneak up on someone.

    Plus, I already have asthma, I don’t need it to be louder.

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