Whilst enjoying “Star Wars Day 2014” I fell upon a strange fact – the play on words that is “May the fourth be with you” isn’t a modern internet-led phenomenon as I’ve always believed but was in fact coined a long long time ago in a… oh, sorry, caught in the mood.
In 1988, in an episode of Count Duckula called “The Vampire Strikes Back”, a character called Tremendous Terrence has the following exchange with the Count:
Tremendous Terrence: What’s the date today?
Count Duckula: Er, the date, it’s, er… May the 4th.
Tremendous Terrence: Why, then, May the 4th be with you!
You can catch this Star Wars moment in this short clip:
However, the phrase was coined much earlier than that thanks to the British Conservative political party who, on May 4th 1979 took out a newspaper advert that read “May the 4th Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.” when the Iron Lady was elected prime minister!
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