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mije in sitelen pona
mije in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈmi.je/ 🔊 🔊/j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Widespread (82% ↘︎ )
2022: Widespread (89%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤵 U+F1935

mije is a widespread content word relating to masculinity. It is coordinate with meli for femininity and tonsi for non-binary genders.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word mije is derived from Finnish mies, meaning "man, husband".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of mije includes masculinity and masculine people, such as men and boys, be them cisgender or transgender. It may refer to one's husband, as in mije mi.

Speakers adherent to gendern't philosophy reject using the word mije by virtue of avoiding gender word altogether.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  man, male, masculine person; husband

ku[edit | edit source]

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

male5, man5, husband3, cisgender man3, sir2, boyfriend2, guy2, gentleman2, transgender man1

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

Alternate version of the sitelen pona glyph

The sitelen pona glyph for mije (󱤵) represents a person with wider shoulders. An alternate glyph variant (mije) is derived from the planetary gender symbol also used for Mars (♂). Another rarer variant overlaps a circle with the letter J (mije3).

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for mije is derived from the Early Pagan and Christian symbol for man, of a line with two splits at the top.[2][3] The symbol is bubblyfied into a circular shape and placed on top of a "pedestal", similarly to other gender glyphs.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Gabel, Jonathan (2012). "sitelen sitelen acknowledgements and etymology". Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  3. Koch, Rudolph (1955). The book of signs, which contains all manner of symbols used from the earliest times to the Middle Ages by primitive peoples and early Christians. Dover Books. ISBN 978-7-240-01716-6. p. 9.