Baby Yoda/Grogu has been quite a hit of late, and he has dominated social media for a respectable amount of time now. Still, before baby Yoda came along, we had Grand Master Yoda, who is popular today for his very unusual and often hilarious way of speaking.
Due to his peculiar manner of speaking, Yoda is considered one of the most charming characters in the Star Wars franchise. As you might have guessed, there is a reason Yoda speaks as he does, and finally, there's an explanation.
Yoda likes to order his words backward, and there are fan theories about why this happens. A recent theory seemed to have settled Yoda's speech mystery once and for all.
Apparently, the answer to Yoda's peculiar speech can be found in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which introduces an ancient droid, Huyang.
Huyang is older than Yoda, and he helped the Jedi master make a lightsaber. More interestingly, he uses backward speech.
At one point, the droid says, "Proud your people must be" while talking to Gungi in Clone Wars. Based on this theory, Yoda and the droid are from an ancient era in which grammar had sentences with object-subject-verb ordering.
Frank Oz, the man who voices Yoda, has said that his character tries to hold on to the former speech used by the Jedi. Being hundreds of years old, Yoda tried to ensure that the ancient language was kept alive.
Of course, Star Wars could come and offer a different explanation about Yoda's interesting speech style. After all, this is not something they have ever addressed.
Oz said that the character was not initially meant to speak like that, but he convinced George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, to speak in that manner because Yoda was supposed to have some odd syntax with his speech.
Yoda first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. The powerful Jedi was teaching Luke Skywalker the ways of the Jedi.
Later, the character proved to be more important than anyone would have guessed. He was one of the oldest figures in Star Wars, and he played a role in the training of many great Jedi.
Yoda died in 1983's Return of the Jedi, but that has not kept him from reappearing again and again in Star Wars films. In the prequels, he has an important role as well.
He was an important part of the Jedi Council and helped save Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker when they were in trouble. Yoda was also in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and he is a familiar character in many television series and literature related to Star Wars.