[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>

> 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").

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

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