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Every so often, a new word trends on the internet. On Disney+ launch day, it was "Maclunkey."
The never-ending changes to the Han/Greedo scene in Star Wars: A New Hope added a new twist in the Disney+ version, giving Greedo the final line of "Maclunkey." That was a new addition to Star Wars: Episode IV, after George Lucas already changed the original Mos Eisley Cantina scene from Han shooting first to Greedo shooting first.
Paul Blake played Greedo in Star Wars: A New Hope, and he told Empire he did indeed see the new "Maclunkey" version of the scene:
It has to be interesting to be part of the Star Wars convention circuit as someone who played a character in one iconic scene -- while hidden under a mask -- in one movie back in 1977. It must be especially interesting if you never quite understood the movies. The character of Greedo appeared in a deleted scene in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but not played by Paul Blake. Greedo was also in an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Linguist Larry Ward actually performed the voice of Greedo in A New Hope, but Paul Blake told Empire "Maclunkey" certainly wasn't in any of the dialogue.
You can hear Greedo say "Maclunkey" as his last word in the new version of the scene:
However, it does work as a last line if you consider "Maclunkey" is said to roughly mean "This'll be the end of you." That's the translation going around via fans, and it was previously delivered in Huttese by the pod racer Sebulba in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
From that perspective, "Maclunkey" does make sense, since Greedo thinks he's getting in one last quality zinger before blowing Han Solo away. History just didn't turn out that way. (Greedo would've loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though.)