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monsi in sitelen pona
monsi in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (99% ↗︎ )2022: Core (97%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤸 U+F1938

monsi is a core content word, used as a spatial word, relating to the physical rear.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word monsi is derived from Acadian French mon tchu, meaning "my ass", a dialectal variant of mon cul.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of monsi, when used as spatial word, includes something physically back or the rear of an object. In relation of human body, it usually refers to the back and buttocks.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  back, behind, rear

ku[edit | edit source]

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

butt5, back (anatomy)4, ass4, behind2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for monsi (󱤸) is derived from the open box radical, rotated with the opening on the right, with a location dot placed on the left, behind it from the convention writing direction. Compare the glyphs for anpa, insa, poka, and sinpin, as well as the secular version of sewi.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 287.

Further reading[edit | edit source]