[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Sawlay

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Mon Apr 26 01:17:45 PDT 2021


On Sun, 25 Apr 2021 at 17:00, Klingon Word of the Day <kwotd at wizage.net>
wrote:

> Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, April 25, 2021
>
> Klingon word: Sawlay
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: gesture
> Source: qep'a' 26
>

This is probably a coincidence, but I can't help but see this as 手禮
(pronounced in Cantonese as sau2 lai5, in Mandarin pinyin as shǒu lǐ),
which literally does mean gesture in the sense of a hand movement (手 means
"hand", 禮 means "courtesy" or "rite"), but which is found in modern Chinese
mostly in the Taiwanese compound 伴手禮 meaning "souvenir" (a gift given to
someone brought back from one's travels, a "gesture of companionship"), or
in 按手禮 which is used in Christian religious contexts to refer to the ritual
of ordination ("gesture of laying on hands").
https://www.mdbg.net/chinese/dictionary?page=worddict&wdrst=1&wdqb=*%E6%89%8B%E7%A6%AE*

(Or it's possible that someone once brought something back from a
Chinese-speaking country as a gift to Dr. Okrand.)

-- 
De'vID
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