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Is there a comprehensive list of Weirding words to be used with the Weirding Module in the Dune universe? There are several obviously pronounced in the original movie. In the movie, Mua-Dib is a 'killing' word, but I couldn't actually find a list of these words anywhere. I'm interested in both cannon and non-cannon words.

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    As far as I know, the whole Weirding Module thing only appears in the David Lynch movie. It’s definetely not in the novel nor the TV adaption. I do not know, however, about video games etc. – Wrzlprmft Mar 12 '14 at 11:55
  • Well I suppose I could put together a list myself from the film. Really surprised that nobody has anything put together. – ouflak Mar 12 '14 at 12:14
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    @ouflak - possibly because a lot of fans of the series would rather forget the movie ever existed. Shame really, I love David Lynch and the movie looked so great too - but the story was awful. – iandotkelly Mar 12 '14 at 13:58
  • :-) I'm getting that sense! I'll probably go through the wish-were-forgotten movie and post a list of the words I can cull out of it myself later on. – ouflak Mar 12 '14 at 14:05
  • Also, if I recall correctly, apart from Mua'dib, the only “words” used in the movie were not really words, but rather shouts and grunts. – Wrzlprmft Mar 12 '14 at 16:36
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There are no canon words, because the whole idea is non-canon. Although you mention the novel, this concept is unequivocally not present in any of the novels.

In the books, "the Weirding Way" is a phrase the Fremen use to describe the superlative physical and mental training developed by the Bene Gesserit. It has nothing at all to do with sonic weapons.

  • So no list then of even the non-cannon words? So be it. Thanks. – ouflak Mar 12 '14 at 12:52
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    No lists in Scifi.stackexchange.com – Envite Mar 12 '14 at 13:57
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    @Envite - as much as I have no interest in a list of weirding module words, this isn't a list in the "list of movies with ray guns in them" sense, its a definitive and defined set of words used in one movie, and as such is a perfectly good question/answer. – iandotkelly Mar 12 '14 at 14:09
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    As far as I can tell, the only words seen in the film are "muad'dib" and "Kaaaaaaaaa-Ja" – Valorum Mar 12 '14 at 21:32
  • There's a third when Paul finishes Feyd. Here the caption says Cha-aksa: youtube.com/watch?v=aoPKajvq3gE – MackTuesday Jun 1 '15 at 22:40
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In the novel, the closest thing to word weaponry can be found listed in the "Terminology of the Imperium" section at the end of the book:

"UROSHNOR: One of several sounds empty of general meaning and which Bene Gesserit implant within the psyches of selected victims for purposes of control. The sensitized person, hearing the sound, is temporarily immobilized."

Sound design is central to David Lynch's films. With Dune, he used the interior voice-over to tremendous effect (that trick usually never works), he used distortion etc with The Voice, and he invented the sound weaponry element. Non-canonical, but brilliant.

  • Good find! +1 I will put the list up once I've overcome my natural procrastinative abilities. – ouflak Mar 20 '14 at 14:25
  • He did do a good job with the voice itself. But no, the sound weapon was dumb and unbrilliant. Not just because its not canon but because .. very unscientific. – Dirk Bester Mar 20 '15 at 23:59

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