Shipjacker Slang was the jargon used by starship thieves, or "shipjackers", during the Galactic Civil War, including members of T'Charek Haathi's Special Ops team.


Shipjacker Slang consisted of a specialized vocabulary of terms referring to entities, events, and people that were significant to the life of a shipjacker. Some documented Shipjacker Slang terms were:

  • Bantha brakes: tractor beams
  • Boring: something that was either very dangerous, or not dangerous at all, or both at the same time
  • Bricks and Mortar: security systems including physical obstacles such as force-fields and power fences
  • Gift For Ackbar: a capital ship
  • Geeks With Guns: local security guards
  • Jackers: starship thieves
  • Level Zip Ship: an easy target with no obstacles or few obstacles
  • License to Steal: shipjacking authorized by the Rebel Alliance
  • Nerf Bait: fake locks and security systems that were booby-trapped in order to capture shipjackers
  • Note From The Doctor: forged documentation
  • One-Stop Shopping: theft of a ship whose cargo is intact
  • Parental Supervision: Imperial escorts or other heavily armed guards
  • Party Crashers: bounty hunters who were specialized in catching shipjackers
  • Pocket: to steal
  • Tatooine Tattoo: a considerable bounty or price on one's head
  • Used Speeder Lot: Imperial hangar bay or docking facility
  • Vader Grader: an extremely well-protected target

Conceptual sources of Shipjacking Slang expressionsEdit

Shipjacker Slang was inspired by locations, fauna, and historical people, among other things. For instance, "Tatooine Tattoo" was a reference to the bounties that Jabba the Hutt was known to issue. "Bantha Brakes" and "Nerf Bait" were inspired by fauna. "Vader Grader" drew on the imagery of a ship being so tightly protected that even Darth Vader would not be able to steal it.

Behind the scenesEdit

The terms are spelled with capital initial letters in the source material - with the exception of "to" in "License to Steal". This article reproduces the spelling of the original source material, assuming that the spelling is canonical in an in-universe perspective.