shaka

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English[edit]

The shaka

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain. 'Shaka' is not a word or sound combination in the Hawaiian language.

Noun[edit]

shaka (plural shakas)

  1. A greeting gesture in which the thumb and little finger are extended while curling the three middle fingers in a semi-fist. Used to express a variety of positive meanings including "all right", "hello" and "goodbye".
    • 2008, December 27, photo caption, Reuters:
      US President-elect Obama flashes the 'shaka' before he greets a crowd...

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  • Associated with Hawaii and with sports such as surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and skydiving.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish şaka (joke). Others propose Proto-Indo-European *yek- (to speak). Compare Latin iocus (joke, jest), Italian gioco (game, prank, joke) (compare Apulian dialect 'sheik' joke, prank), Old High German jehan, Welsh iaith, Breton jez.

Noun[edit]

shaka f (indefinite plural shaka, definite singular shakaja, definite plural shakatë)

  1. a joke, prank
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