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laso in sitelen pona
laso in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Core (99% ↗︎ )2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤣 U+F1923

laso is a core content word used for turquoise and turquoise–adjacent colors, including blues and greens.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word laso is derived from Welsh glas, meaning only "blue" in modern Welsh, but used to cover colors like green and silver.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of laso usually ranges from greens to bluish shades of violet. Toki Pona lacks the distinction between blue and green, linguists call this umbrella color term "grue". Other colors that can be described as laso include aquamarine, azure, cobalt, cyan, indigo, lime, mint, navy, olive, and teal.

tenpo lete la kasi li weka e lasoona

tenpo lete la kasi li weka e laso ona.

In autumn, trees get rid of their greenness.

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines laso as:

ADJECTIVE  blue, green

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as laso:[2]

blue5, teal4, green3

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for laso (󱤣) is derived from the glyph for kasi and a triangle radical, representing the green color of plants.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for laso (laso) is derived from a Maya glyph for yax (T16), meaning "blue" or "green".[3] This yax glyph is placed over sitelen sitelen's color radical, which is taken from the lower half of the pimeja glyph.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 261.
  3. Montgomery, John. "Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs". FAMSI. Retrieved 15 July 2024.

Further reading[edit | edit source]