6 Common Slang Terms for a Lightsaber (Lightsaber Terminology)
From ‘flashlight’ to ‘life saver’, sometimes people refer to a lightsaber using a different name. Let’s take a look at 6 slang terms for a lightsaber. Can you guess all 6?
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1. life saver
People usually refer to a lightsaber as a ‘life saver’ by mistake because the two terms sound so similar. Granted, a properly wielded lightsaber could easily a be a ‘life saver’ for somebody, but the elegant weapon could just as easily be a ‘life taker’, too.
Sometimes people refer a lightsaber as a ‘flashlight’ because lightsabers, especially those using in-hilt LEDs, pretty much are glorified flashlights with light and sometimes sound. Some lightsabers enthusiasts have actually made custom lightsabers out of Maglite flashlights as well.
3. pepper shaker / pepper grinder
Some specific lightsaber hilts, especially curvier ones, bear a passing resemblance to a pepper shaker. Underground Toys (formerly Pangea Brands) makes actual, functional lightsaber salt and pepper shakers.
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4. glow stick
Let’s face it, a lightsaber pretty much is glow stick. The cylindrical shape of a lightsaber more closely resembles a stick than saber or sword. Actual glow sticks are a self-contained, short-term light sources often used at parties and by law enforcement. An Etsy seller sells 3D printed lightsaber hilt handles for glow sticks [AFFILIATE LINK]. Multiple online tutorials also give directions on making lightsaber glow sticks.
If someone refers to a lightsabers as a ‘dumbbell’, it’s almost always a derogatory jab at the lightsaber hilt’s clunky appearance. A so-called ‘dumbbell’ lightsaber will be widest both at the emitter area and pommel area, making the hilt resemble a dumbbell. The LEGO lightsaber is one of the most famous ‘dumbbell’ lightsabers.
6. laser sword
Although some Star Wars fans find it irritating to hear someone refer a lightsaber as a ‘laser sword’, the slang term is part of Star Wars canon. Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker both refer to a lightsaber at one point as a ‘laser sword’, in The Phantom Menace and The Last Jedi, respectively. Companies that manufacture unlicensed knockoff lightsaber toys often name their products ‘laser swords’ as well.
Yes, there are also a few additional X-rated slang terms for a lightsaber. We’ll leave those up to your imagination.