We often talk about information getting “lost in translation.” But translation can also reveal information that was originally concealed. For example, earlier this week, the studio released translated versions of the title for the upcoming Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi.
As the Star Wars storyline expands, dedicated fans play detective, trying to anticipate upcoming plot twists. So everything Star Wars-related is scrutinized, including foreign language versions of material that’s already been released in English.
How Many Jedi Are Left? English Conceals, Spanish Reveals
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Fans have been scratching their heads for months, trying to figure out who The Last Jedi is and what the title means. Is it Luke? Rey? Kylo Ren? Some new character we haven’t met yet?
Or is the title plural? After all, in English, the plural of Jedi is . . . Jedi. As the Telegraph speculated in an article from January,
[I]t took us a while to cotton on to this fact. But after spending a fair few hours last night contemplating the question “Who is the last Jedi?”, we realised that that, because the word Jedi can be both singular and plural, “Who are the last Jedi?” in fact works equally well.