What is a nerf herder?

Han & Leia - Han and Leia from the Star Wars trilogy films
United States
March 31, 2007 4:19pm CST
Okay so I'm watching Star Wars and I wonder what a nerf herder is! Leia calls Han a scruffy nerf herder. A what? Do any of you guys have any ideas on what a nerf herder is? Perhapses a nerf is an unknown creature or something...
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@emeraldisle (13160)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I wondered on that as well. When I heard it I thought of a tribble (from Star Trek) though and I could just picture a tribble herder. It's probably something like a sheep though. The look on his face though made it sound like it wasn't something that great to be. Of course I think he makes a cute scruffy whatever :)
• United States
2 Apr 07
LOL. I don't remember tribbles on Star Trek...but I've got a bad memory.
@BarBaraPrz (14258)
• Hamilton, Ontario
4 Apr 07
Tribbles were those little furballs that reproduced at an alarming rate and soon had swamped the bridge. They kind of chirped/purred and made people feel good. I think the trader guy (can't remember his name, he was in a few episodes...) introduced them to the crew.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
Oh okay! Thanks!
@usaction (651)
• United States
5 Apr 07
It's one of many creatures and terms that exist only in the star wars universe. For example, side walks are made of "permacrete," and lots of buildings are made of "plasteele." These terms come from the Expanded Universe novels. I think the nerf is mentioned in one of the dictionaries or encyclopedias (check your library!); I think it's a creature that has almost no worth, and is only herded to keep it out of the way...but I could be wrong...
• United States
5 Apr 07
Oh cool thanks!! That makes since.
@wisejedi (15)
• Malaysia
4 Apr 07
A nerf is a livestock animal, similar to cows. Therefore, a nerf herder is similar to a rancher or a cowboy. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Nerfherder
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• United States
4 Apr 07
Oh thanks! I figured it might be something like that. I just wish that Lucas could have left us in on the joke.
@AskAlly (3628)
• Canada
3 Apr 07
It must be something derogatory since he makes a face when she calls him that. I don't know what a nerf is but I would imagine a stinky 4 eyed 6 legged goat of some sort. lol
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• United States
3 Apr 07
I agree it must be something bad. I just wish Lucas would have left us in on the joke too :)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I have never watched star wars so I am clueless on this but my Husband used to watch it and he said....A Nerf Herder is a snot nose creature from star wars.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
Thanks sweetie :)
@BarBaraPrz (14258)
• Hamilton, Ontario
31 Mar 07
I think you answered your own question...
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• United States
31 Mar 07
You are probably right. I was just thinking I might have missed something.
@Aloeli (398)
• Portugal
1 Apr 07
it's an unknown creature of course
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