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When facing Obi-wan and Anakin, Count Dooku said:

Your swords, please. We don't want to make a mess of things in front of the Chancellor.

Wasn't it called a “lightsaber”? Why did he say “sword” instead? It seems like saying “your spears please” when asking for Jango Fett’s blaster pistols, or "Your eggs, please" for a thermal detonator.

Maybe it was just a slip of the tongue of him with a sudden specter?

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Because a lightsaber is of a class of weapons known as "swords."

Similarly, one would ask where to park one’s car rather than one’s Porsche.

Or "look after my horse" rather than "look after my Arabian Destrier." [note that I haven't a clue about horses so please forgive me if destriers don't come from Arabian stock or whatever].

Police officers will cry out "He's got a gun!" And nobody replies "Yea, but is it a 9 mm? Is it semi-automatic, fully automatic, bolt action, matchlock? C'mon officer, we can't possibly respond appropriately without these details!"

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A lightsaber is just another name for an energy sword. Young Anakin also called it a "laser sword" in The Phantom Menace.

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