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
So both polari and sabir may well be
abbreviations of 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