I would suggest that both names, Polari and Sabir, are derived from an
initial enquiry whether a stranger speaks Lingua Franca. Henry and
Renée Kahane quote from one Master Thomas Dallam (1599):
there came unto us two stout Turkes, and sayd: Parlye
Francko, sinyore? which is: Can ye speake Ittallian, sinyor?
So both polari and sabir may well be
parlar/sabir franco [do you speak/know Lingua Franca]
set phrases to start a conversation with a
stranger, which gave names to varieties of Lingua Franca.
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Alan D. Corré