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utala in sitelen pona
utala in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈu.ta.la/
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥱 U+F1971

utala is a core content word relating to conflicts and contests.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word utala is derived from Croatian udarati, meaning "to hit, to strike".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of utala includes struggles, conflicts, and competitions between two or more parties, or an event framed in such a manner.[2] When used a verb, it refers to attacking or striking someone or something.

tenpo unpa la soweli mije li utala 

tenpo unpa la soweli mije li utala.

In the breeding season, the male animals fight.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

VERB  to battle, challenge, compete against, struggle against

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as utala:[3]

battle5, fight5, fighting5, combat5, conflict5, contend5, assault5, attack5, versus4, compete4, violent4, challenge4, hit4, violence4, struggle3, war3, contest3, oppose3, dispute3, competitive2, tackle2, competition2, aggressive2, resist2, beat2, opposed2, punch2, hostile2, confront2, riot2, opposition2, against2, strike2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for utala (󱥱) possibly represents two crossed swords.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary". lipamanka.gay.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 382.

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