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C-3PO translates Gamorrese spoken by Xob.

"Threepio, I hope you know Gamorrean."
"Oh, dear"
Luke Skywalker and C-3PO[src]

Gamorrese, or the Gamorrean language, was the native language of the Gamorrean species, who lived on their homeworld of Gamorr and colonies such as Pzob.

Gamorrese was just a bunch of lexicon, mainly nouns and verbs plus a few adjectives, with a primitive syntax. Although apparently there were no declensions in Gamorrean, it was unclear if the word order provided the meaning of the sentences.

Gamorreans used Gamorrean words as their names, so that the meaning of a Gamorrean name is, more or less, some kind of threat. Other Gamorreans could be intimidated if they hear "I am Ortugg", or "I'm going to Ortugg you".

Although Gamorrese did not have a sophisticated written language it did have a very basic runic alphabet which was used for record keeping, accounting and genealogy. The runic alphabet was only typically used by educated sows although a fair number of boars could read them slowly. There were known to be several variations of the runic alphabet. Since Gamorreans encountered in the galaxy were mostly males it was generally considered that the Gamorreans had no written language.

There was no word for "calculus" in Gamorrese. The closest expression translated as "big nasty math".[1]

One of the Gamorrean dialects was called Vregg.

The blue and gold protocol droid N2-3PO peppered her speech with Gamorrean curses.

Journalist Kandra Nilitz was able to understand Gamorrese[2] and so was Myri Antilles.[1]

Glossary of terms[edit | edit source]

Gamorrean Runes

  • arg'garok - Gamorrean axe
  • dinn - adjective, ("inclined to drool excessively")
  • gnorn ("Cowardice" - closest word to "Cunning" and "knowledge")
  • gweek - adjective, ("strong")
  • muh - ("Outlander", not native to Gamorr)
  • m'uhk'gfa - Gamorrean battle armor
  • oink - a deadly insult that might start a war
  • scabwit - a derisive term
  • thogk - Traditional Gamorrean club ("log with a spike in it")
  • urrjsh or urrsh - command, ("stop")
  • v'lch - ("unmarried sow") - often used derogatorily

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Gamorrese first appeared, albeit unidentified, in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[3] The language was composed primarily of porcine squealing and grunts.[source?] It was later given text in X-Wing: The Krytos Trap.[4] The 2003 sourcebook Ultimate Alien Anthology stated that the language had no written form,[5] in contradiction to the 1997 short story "Murder in Slushtime", in which Gamorrean runes were pictued.[6]

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