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pilin in sitelen pona
pilin in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈpi.lin/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (100% → )2022: Core (100%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥎 U+F194E

pilin is a core content word relating to feelings and the heart.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word pilin is derived from Tok Pisin pilim, meaning "to feel", from English feel and the transitivizer suffix -im.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of pilin includes feelings, as in emotions or the sense of touch, as well as the heart, anatomically or figuratively.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

NOUN  heart (physical or emotional)
ADJECTIVE  feeling (an emotion, a direct experience)

ku[edit | edit source]

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

feeling5, emotion5, feel5, sentiment5, mood4, emotionally4, heart4, sense4, attitude4, emotional4, opinion3, notion3, assume3, impression3, hypothesis3, perceive3, deem3, thinking2, believe2, assumption2, thought2, speculation2, conscience2, suppose2, experience2, stimulus2, reaction2, suspicion2, belief2, perception2, touch2, idea2, estimated2, consider2, outlook2, think2, mentally2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for pilin (󱥎) is derived from the heart symbol (❤︎), which is often used to represent passionate feelings, as well as to stand in for the complicated shape of the anatomical heart. The glyph for olin is derived from it via reduplication, as two stacked heart radicals.

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. pp. 323–324.

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