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Star Wars Day is an unofficial holiday observed in honour of the franchise which has millions of the fans all over the world.

It’s an annual tradition for Star Wars fans to use the phrase “May the 4th be with you” on May 4, because it resembles one of the most iconic phrases in the franchise.

But what does the original phrase mean?

The pun you might hear today is based on the phrase “May the Force be with you”, which is a phrase from the Star Wars universe used to wish an individual or group good luck or good will.

May the 4th be with you
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The speaker is wishing that the Force will work in favour of the addressee.

Obi-Wan Kenobi explains the Force: “Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”

The phrase was often used when individuals parted ways, or faced an impending challenge.

The phrase originated in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which was released in 1977.

The phrase originated in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
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It was first used by General Jan Dodonna, after Luke Skywalker says: “It’s not impossible. I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they’re not gonna get bigger than two meters.”

Then, General Dodanna says: “Then man your ships. And may the Force be with you.”

The phrase has continued to be used in Star Wars stories ever since.

Meanwhile, others believe the line originated from the Latin phrase “dominos” vobiscum”, which means “The Lord be with you”.

The phrase is still used in the franchise today
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This blessing is traditionally used by the Clergy in Roman Catholic Mass, as well as modern services.

So what does one reply if someone says May the Force be with you?

There is much debate about what is the proper response to this phrase.

One person on Twitter said: “The proper response to ‘May the 4th be with you’ is ‘ and with your spirit’”.

Someone replied saying: “Still prefer ‘and also with you’. Probably because I’m old!”.

Another agreed, saying: “Call me a hipster but ‘and also with you’ will always be the true response.”