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wawa in sitelen pona
wawa in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈwa.wa/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥵 U+F1975

wawa is a core content word relating to power and strength.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word wawa is derived from Finnish vahva, meaning "strong, powerful".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of wawa includes power and strength. Its semantic space also includes energy, either concretely, such as electricity and force, or abstractly, such as motivation or confidence.[2]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  strong, powerful; confident, sure; energetic, intense

ku[edit | edit source]

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

strength5, power5, powerful5, strong5, energy5, strongly5, force4, intense4, bold4, intensity4, reinforce4, firmly4, strengthen4, charge3, brave3, rapid3, electrical3, might2, tough2, electricity2, fast2, rapidly2, compelling2, confident2, quickly2, glory2, boost2, severe2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for wawa (󱥵) represents a person raising their arms to signify strength.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for wawa is borrowed from the Dongba symbols.[4] It is unknown, however, which glyph it originated from.

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.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 385–386.
  4. Jonathan Gabel. (3 March 2012). "sitelen sitelen acknowledgements and etymology". jonathangabel.com. Retrieved 29 November 2023.

Further reading[edit | edit source]