Mr. Spock's Vulcan Greeting - The
sci-fi series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69 introduced an alien character
named Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) who was the Science Officer onboard
the starship USS Enterprise.
On his home planet of Vulcan, they had a special greeting. It
consisted of a right hand raised (palm facing away) with ring finger
and middle finger spread to form a "V" shape. The first person to
speak said "Peace and long life" and the other responded "Live long
and prosper." Both hand gesture and phrase were used for greeting as
well as parting company.
Spock makes the Vulcan Sign of
The Vulcan greeting first appeared on episode No. 44 "Journey to
Babel" which introduced Spock's parents, Sarek (Mark Lenard) and
Amanda, (Jane Wyatt). "Live Long and Prosper" were also the final
words spoken by Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) before he died from
radiation exposure in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
(1982). See also SIGNOFFS:"Sarek's Farewell"
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