nasa

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nasa in sitelen pona
nasa in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈna.sa/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤾 U+F193E

nasa is a core content word relating to unusual things.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word nasa is derived from Tok Pisin nasau, meaning "stupid, crazy", a word only known to exist in the book Pidgin-English für Papua-Neuguinea: Wort für Wort.[1][2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of nasa includes deviations from the norm, that is, things considered strange or unusual.[3] Unlike English, the word holds a neutral connotation by default. It also refers to behaving unusually, such as impulsively. By extension, it includes intoxication and psychoactive substances.

mani li nasa e jan

mani li nasa e jan.[4]

[M]oney drives people crazy. […]

jan li moku e kasi nasa 

jan li moku e kasi nasa.

People consume the intoxicating plant [i.e. cannabis].

pu[edit | edit source]

This subject or style relates to Toki Pona: The Language of Good.

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

ADJECTIVE  unusual, strange; foolish, crazy; drunk, intoxicated

This subject or style relates to Toki Pona Dictionary.

After the publication of the Toki Pona Dictionary, the definition was corrected and the sense of "foolish, crazy" was replaced with "silly", according to jan Sonja, "in light of a commitment to non-ableist language".[5]

ADJECTIVE  unusual, strange; silly; drunk, intoxicated

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as nasa:[6]

weird5, unusual5, strange5, odd5, drunk4, silly3, wild3, ridiculous2, psychoactive2, nonsense2, confuse2, suspicious2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for nasa (󱤾) is a spiral, a symbol of drunkness, dizziness, and hypnosis. This may come from the sensation that one's surroundings are spinning around when they are disoriented.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Schaefer, Albrecht G. (2001). Pidgin-English für Papua-Neuguinea: Wort für Wort. p. 164.
    nasau: blöde, verrückt
  3. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary". lipamanka.gay.
  4. jan Sepulon. (25 August 2021). "mi seli (toki pona song about climate change)". jan Sepulon li kalama [@jansepulon]. YouTube. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  5. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 13.
  6. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 294.

Further reading[edit | edit source]