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How do you pronounce the Star Wars universe curse word, "fierfek"?

Fierfek was a Huttese slang word that meant "hex" or "curse," but was commonly accepted to mean "poison" by non-Huttese-speaking races, most commonly Trandoshans. During the Clone Wars, it was adopted by clone commandos as a curse word. Boba Fett and Han Solo would later use it during the Second Galactic Civil War.
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It's commonly mistaken for the Mandalorian language, but official Star Wars says fierfek is clearly Huttese. I'm not sure if fierfek is pronounced as FUR-fek? FEAR-fek? FIRE-fek? It's spelled similarly to Food Network personality Guy Fieri's last name so maybe it is pronounced like FEE-AIR-fek? Do you roll the "R"?

  • I have nothing to back this up, but I'd pronounce it somewhere between fear-feck and fur-fek. – Kevin Jan 12 '12 at 23:47
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    @Kevin: And the German "verfickt". :-o – sbi Jan 13 '12 at 13:23
  • I think its more like far-FESS because of the way the Hutts speak. I also have nothing to back it up in universe though. It also rolls off the tongue better imo and sounds like an easy to say explicative. – Chad Jan 13 '12 at 16:37
  • @Kevin - you are correct, Sir. – Valorum Mar 14 '14 at 11:11
  • @user3072 - I thought my answer was pretty convincing. Is there anything additional you'd like to see before offering an acceptance? – Valorum Apr 15 '15 at 5:32
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The word fierfek is used repeatedly in the game "Star Wars : Republic Commando". You can hear it at the 08:37 mark in the walkthrough video here.

The closest I can get to a written pronunciation guide is 'fear-feck (or "fɪə-fɛk" if you want to get technical).


UPDATE: I asked Karen Traviss. She didn't know.

Q. Quick question. How do you pronounce fierfek?

A. [Karen Traviss] Not sure. (Not my invention.) FEAR-feck?

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I've read the books that the game is based off of, Republic Commando by Karen Traviss, and since the first book "Hard Contact" was published in 2004, I believe that it came before the game, which was released in 2005.

Anyways, Mrs. Traviss wrote it at "Fire-fek", so I believe the pronunciation is phonetic, and there may have been a mistake in the voice-acting for the game.

Anyways, that's just my contribution and how I pronounce and spell it at least.

  • I spoke to Karen Traviss earlier today. She said she wasn't sure :-) – Valorum Jul 10 '15 at 10:17

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