suwi

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suwi in sitelen pona
suwi in sitelen sitelen
Sugar cubes
Sugar cubes
Pronunciation /ˈsu.wi/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (100% → )
2022: Core (100%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥦 U+F1966

suwi is a core content word relating to sweetness and cuteness.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word suwi is derived from Tok Pisin swit, itself from English sweet.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of suwi includes pleasant aspects of senses,[2] such as sweetness (pleasant taste), cuteness (pleasant sight), fragrancy (pleasant smell), and gentleness (pleasant action or person).

akesi li suwi

akesi li suwi![3]

Frogs are cute!

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  sweet, fragrant; cute, innocent, adorable

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as suwi:[4]

sweet5, cute5, candy4, sugar3, gentle2, dessert2, tender2, soft2, darling2, treat2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for suwi (󱥦) represents a smiling face, specifically from the kaomoji ^.^.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. lipamanka. toki pona dictionary. lipamanka's website. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
  3. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 13.
  4. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 355.

Further reading[edit | edit source]