In response to Judge a People by Their Language, it was pointed out to me that I missed a very important word with more than one meaning.
Unforgivably, not only is it a word most of us know, most of us (think we) know all of the meanings, and I even mentioned its place of origin in a footnote added to that post later.
Shame on me.
That word is, of course, aloha.
I was taught aloha means hello, good-bye, and love.
According to Wikipedia, it means affection, peace, compassion and mercy, with hello and good-bye being added to the usage by Westerners.
For others, aloha has a much deeper meaning. This Deeper Meaning of Aloha, the Aloha Spirit, is considered a way of life, perhaps even a religion. Without going into the lengthy description of the the Aloha Spirit, I think it can be summed up as finding a personal respect for, and a synergy with, life and the people and things around you.
So once again, I find myself wondering if you can judge a people by their language…