I pride myself on being a good speller, a dedicated follower of grammar, and a decent Star Wars trivia nerd.
Imagine my shock and embarrassment when I realized a few weeks ago that I’d been spelling Wookiee wrong for my entire life.
For years I’ve been spelling it with one “e.” Three or four seasons ago I changed my fantasy football team’s name to the Wookies. I did the same thing for my fantasy basketball team.
I’ve read a handful of Star Wars books, magazine articles, online factoids, and much more, all with a blind eye toward that second “e.” I could easily spell Chewie’s home planet Kashyyyk, but Wookiee was beyond me.
It was while I was reading something online when “Wookiee” jumped out at me. It was like a scene out of a movie: I literally shook my head and did a double take.
I googled “Wookie” and it self-corrected to “Wookiee.”
I clicked over to my fantasy sports sites and confirmed the misspelling.
I decided to stay with the misspelling until the end of my fantasy sports seasons. I’ll fix it during the off-season, like a professional sports team re-branding itself.
I’ve always appreciated style guides, ever since my college days studying journalism and English. They were the guides to trying to bring much-needed consistency to the always changing English language.
So I’ll never forget that extra “e” from now on, unlike the person who created the cool-looking football helmet shown above.