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Counting in Jawaese

Jawas & rosegold potatoes Salvage Jawa

Jawaese is the language that Jawas speak in Star Wars. They are desert scavengers. Selling what they find. Thus numbers are very important to them. Here’s how to count to ten in Jawaese:

1 Po

2 Ko

3 Kyo

4 Yo

5 Dyo

6 Lyo

7 Does not exist in Jawa arithmetic

8 Ho

9 To

10 Kisewa

Why is there no number 7?

1. Jawas use a base-9 system. We use a base-10 system. Maybe they are just on a base-9.

2. Seven is bad luck for Jawas

3. They forgot

4. To somehow screw people over when Jawas sell people droids.

5. It’s all a Darth Sidious plot.

6. Jawas ran out of words that end with “o”

7. The missing number represents the their missing heart.

Which reason do you think why there is no number 7 in Jawaese?


2 Responses to Counting in Jawaese

  1. Matt Maldre January 27, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    A jawa on twitter replied to my question. Here’s his response: “bad luck and we are opportunists :)”!/Java_Jawa/status/30668471876452352 He didn’t aknowledge that he’s missing a heart.

  2. unlikelymoose February 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    i don’t understand why it has to be the number seven that’s missing. Wouldn’t it just be the number 10? How do we know that 8 is “Ho” and 9 is “To”?

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