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From the script:

THREEPIO: Sir, I don't know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect. I believe, sir, it says that the power coupling on the negative axis has been polarized. I'm afraid you'll have to replace it.

Is it ever explained what dialect the Millennium Falcon's computer had, or why it was so "peculiar"?

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    From wookiepedia; "The cobbled-together nature of the ship presented many problems throughout her smuggling days and during the Rebellion. Systems were barely held together and apparently had many incompatibilities, resulting in numerous malfunctions. C-3PO commented that he wasn't quite sure where the ship learned to communicate leaving open the possibility that the ship's computer uses slang and/or vulgar language, thus upsetting C-3PO's sensibilities..." – Valorum Mar 1 '14 at 23:37
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    @Richard - unless there's explicit citing, that sounds more like the Wookiepedia authors describing what they see in the movie and rationalizing it. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Mar 2 '14 at 17:22
  • @dvk - I agree. It makes sense but there's no canon confirmation, hence why I've also linked the owner's manual in the answer below. – Valorum Mar 2 '14 at 17:25
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It is L3-37, Lando’s droid co-pilot.

L3-37

She was damaged in the escape from Kessel (in Solo) and died. Han, Lando, and co. uploaded her core processor into the Falcon so they could use her navigational database to plot a shorter course for their escape.

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    Welcome to SFF! I assume this is from the new Solo: A Star Wars Story film? If so could you edit your answer to be clearer about this? Adding evidence always helps! – TheLethalCarrot May 25 '18 at 13:17
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    This is the (now) correct answer, but it is not answered particularly well. – Behacad May 25 '18 at 13:22
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Within the film canon, there's no specific indication of the reason why the ship has a peculiar dialect other than its generally "cobbled-together" nature. On top of that, whenever we see the ship at rest it's invariably in a constant state of repair using a mix of parts sourced from wherever Han can get them cheapest.

The ultimate implication is, of course that because the ship has been owned by a series of rough-and-ready smuggler types (Lando and Han that we know of), that the ship's brain is much the same, built using a mixture of official and unofficial parts and periodically using vulgar language which we know C3PO finds offensive.


In the excellent (but not especially canonical) "Millennium Falcon Owner's Manual" we can see the problem more clearly;

Millennium Falcon Owner's Manual - Computer

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In the radio drama version of The Empire Strikes Back, Han states that the Millennium Falcon's particularly rude communications is a product of being crewed by himself and Chewbacca.

Beginning at 1:38:00 in the recording linked above:

THREEPIO: Oh dear, oh dear. Where is Artoo when I need him? What an incredible mess!

HAN: How's it going on the hyperdrive Threepio? Fixed yet?

THREEPIO: Captain, I don't know where the Falcon learned to communicate, but she has the most peculiar dialect.

HAN: Don't knock her.

THREEPIO: No, no, she's very intelligent, but she can be so rude at times.

HAN: Well, it comes from hanging around with me and Chewie. You're liable to start doing it yourself. What'd she say?

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