The phrase ‘May the 4th Be With You’ is coined all around you – and if you’re clueless as to what is means, fasten your seat belts!
Just as it happens every year, May 4th will flood the social media with greetings that read ‘May the fourth be with you’.
If you’re wondering what it means, it’s a humorous wordplay on the famous Star Wars dialogue ‘May the force be with you’.
But what in God’s name does it actually mean?
The Meaning of ‘May the Fourth Be With You’
‘May the Force be with you’ is a phrase to effectively wish the other person that they hope the Force works in their favor.
It is often used during competitions and between friends who are parting ways.
— HIMYM (@OfficialHIMYM) May 4, 2020
The phrase traces its origin to Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and has since ruled the hearts of Star Wars fan community.
Although the phrase is fictional in nature, it has become a popular way to say good luck, ‘return safely’ or ‘stay safe’.
What’s your next more when greeted with this phrase? Well, as per Star Wars, it is customary to say ‘May the force be with us all’ or ‘And also with you’.
On account of the phonetic similarity between ‘May the Force’ and May 4th, the day has become globally recognized as the Star Wars day.
— Laura Bailey (@LauraBaileyVO) May 4, 2020
The Origin of ‘May the Fourth Be With You’
The creator of the original Star Wars trilogy, George Lucas, had no part to play in May 4th coming to be known as the Star Wars day. The day has been adopted by the fan community because of the pun.
Star Wars, as is widely understood, was started in the year 1979 because that year, May 4 also happened to be the day that Margaret Thatcher came into power.
An advert taken out by the Conservatives appeared in The London Evening News with a headline that read: ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations’.