Upon hearing

the resistance shuttles would be heading to an old rebel base on

Crait I thought "Oh boy Krayt Dragons!"

Alas no Krayt Dragons

Is there any in universe explanation for the use of these homophones? I assume they also have the word crate in galactic basic. It seems a bit confusing unless there is some relation. For that matter any directorial or script writing reasons for the use of these similar sounding words would be helpful.

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    Ran out of words
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 19:46
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    Because there are only so many syllables in the world
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 19:59
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    They got both names out of a crate
    – Machavity
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 20:45
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    I don't understand the downvotes either. I'm skeptical of assuming that the homophones and near-homophones in recent Star Wars names are meant to be explicit references. But either there is a connection or there isn't - the answer may well be "neither any canon story nor the film's writer/director have explained this" and that's fine.
    – recognizer
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 21:40
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    @recognizer Thanks. I thought the question was clear and useful. I looked it up to make sure its not a duplicate and researched it on Star Wars official site and Wookiepedia so I did some research. I just don't know the answer. I would accept the "not explained" answer if that is what the community comes up with. This universe brought us Dagobah, Sheev Palpatine, and Salacious Crumb the Kowakian monkey-lizard so I thought asking if there was be a reason they are using two different spellings of a word pronounced KRATE was a good question. Maybe they are bummed there were no Krayt dragons too.
    – L.T.Smash
    Commented Dec 20, 2017 at 22:11

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It's likely that the origins of the names were from languages other than Basic, where the word "crate" wouldn't be confusing.

The rebel base on Crait is built in an abandoned mine. I'd guess that the species that built the mine also named the planet.

Krayt dragons are native to Tatooine, a planet monopolized by the Hutts and the Sand People. The name "Krayt" likely came from either Huttese or Tusken.

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    I like theory that the names probably come from languages other than Basic. I would posit that Krayt came from Tusken not Huttese since the Sand People were there longer and probably had more interactions with the Krayt dragons.
    – L.T.Smash
    Commented Dec 23, 2017 at 21:43

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