jaki

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jaki in sitelen pona
jaki in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈja.ki/ 🔊 🔊/j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤐 U+F1910

jaki is a core content word relating to dirty and disgusting things.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word jaki is derived from English yucky.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of jaki includes things considered dirty, disgusting, garbage or otherwise obscene. It includes illness and disease, as well as bacteria and viruses, especially those harmful to other creatures. Things deemed jaki are often additionally but not inherently considered ike.[2]

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines jaki as:[3]

ADJECTIVE  disgusting, obscene, sickly, toxic, unclean, unsanitary

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as jaki:

dirty5, trash5, gross5, garbage5, mess5, disgusting4, junk4, bacteria4, nasty4, crap3, toxic3, waste3, infection3, disease2, shit2, virus2, pollution2, bullshit2, illness1

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

Alternative versions of jaki shown in the Esperanto translation of pu

The sitelen pona glyph for jaki (󱤐) is a scribble, and it may be drawn in any way as long as it is recognizable. It tends to be drawn as a single stroke dense with overlaps, (mostly) curvy lines, and loops, tight corners, or zigzags. Several fonts have support for multiple alternative versions of the glyph, as well as a randomized selection.[4][5] The following is an example from linja lipamanka:

jaki1 jaki2 jaki3 jaki4 jaki5 jaki6 jaki7 jaki8 jaki9 jaki10 jaki11

However, most fonts, especially those created in the early times, lack the randomization feature, and thus, because of how influential they were, a few common versions have emerged, such as pu-style (), linja pona-style (; also colloquially known as the "dick-butt jaki"), and JK-style (similar to the letters J and K joined together). The latter one was designed by jan Lentan.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. A_Lol [@a_lol0273]. (26 October 2023). [Informal poll posted in the #sona-kulupu channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord.
    Do you consider all jaki things to be ike?
    Option Votes
    All 3
    Most 110
    Less than most 25
    Other 1
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 216–217.
  4. "Fairfax HD". KreativeKorp. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  5. "Fairfax Pona HD". KreativeKorp. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  6. jan Lentan. "sitelen pona". lipu-sona.pona.la. Retrieved 27 February 2024.

Further reading[edit | edit source]