It may not be the biggest debate in the galaxy, but plenty of “Star Wars” fans have wondered over the years: How, exactly, do you pronounce “AT-AT.”
Is it like @[email protected]… or do you say each letter, A-T-A-T?
Screen icon Mark Hamill offered some help after the official Twitter account for the storied franchise recently joked about the imperial walkers with a poll in which the answer was “AT-AT” either way:
How do you pronounce AT-AT?
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 8, 2022
The tweet drew thousands of replies and retweets, with writer Tara Dublin asking Hamill for his take:
He added another message, and briefly pinned it to his profile, that indicates there may not be a right answer to any of the names and pronunciations ― and that comes straight from creator George Lucas:
FYI: When we would ask George: “Is it Chew-bah-ka or Chew-back-a?”https://www.huffpost.com/”Is it Lay-a or Lee-a?”https://www.huffpost.com/”Is it Hahn or Han (as in hand)?”- he would just shrug & didn’t really care. He told us it would be pronounced in various ways in different parts of the galaxy. 🤨#TrueStory https://t.co/9dZ81vIxQw
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) July 10, 2022
The franchise has embraced Lucas’ vision in this regard.
As Screen Rant noted in 2020, longtime Lucasfilm insider Dave Filoni spoke out on the topic at a Star Wars event in 2016.
“You can say at-at, you can say A-T-A-T, and you can say walker. I’m for all three,” he was quoted as saying. “That’s canon because in [“The Clone Wars”] I have imperials say walkers, I have them say at-at, and I have them say A-T-A-T.”