Is this gesture only reserved for the discommendation ceremony (TNG: “Sins of the Father”), and subsequent reminders of the status (TNG: “Reunion”)?

Have we seen Klingons use that gesture under any other circumstances?

  • There are multiple questions here. You need to remove the ones that are too broad (Has that gesture been used anywhere else? What about similar gestures in other sci-fi worlds?)
    – Valorum
    Aug 24, 2018 at 17:11
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    FYI - I removed the part of the question asking if similar gestures are used in other SF works, as that's overly broad on the face of it. Without that, I believe this is an answerable question. If you disagree with the edit, feel free to roll it back, of course. And, welcome to SFF.SE!
    – RDFozz
    Aug 24, 2018 at 17:40

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In the canon thus far at this writing, the gesture has only been used in relation to discommendation. Given how seriously being discommended is taken in Klingon culture, it seems unlikely that the gesture would be used casually or in a way that would be confused with its discommendation-related meaning.

See: "Discommendation" on Memory Alpha

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    Could you edit in some evidence to back this up?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Oct 16, 2019 at 22:46
  • @TheLethalCarrot that's going to be difficult. Unless there is a word from god saying this explicitly you can't really prove this negative statement. You can only prove it wrong.
    – Jontia
    Oct 17, 2019 at 12:15
  • @Jontia Evidence can at least be added to prove the gesture has been used for this purpose though.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Oct 17, 2019 at 12:17
  • @TheLethalCarrot that evidence is in the question. All TV uses of the gesture according to Memory Alpha are already listed in the question itself. Oops, except House of Quark.
    – Jontia
    Oct 17, 2019 at 12:20
  • @Jontia Still, I think you understand what I mean. This is just very unsubstantial.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Oct 17, 2019 at 12:22

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