misikeke

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misikeke in sitelen pona
misikeke in sitelen sitelen
Traditional medicine in a market in Madagascar
Traditional medicine in a market in Madagascar
Pronunciation /ˈmi.si.ke.ke/
Usage 2023: Common (60% ↘︎ )2022: Common (63%)
Book and era nimi ku suli (pre-pu)
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱦇 U+F1987

misikeke is a common content word and pre-pu nimi ku suli relating to medicine.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word misikeke is derived from Ojibwe mashkiki, meaning "medicine, drug". It was coined by jan Sonja.[1][2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of misikeke includes medicine and medication. As a transitive verb, it means "to apply medicine, to cure".

mi moku e misikeke la mi pilin-pona

mi moku e misikeke la mi pilin pona.

When I take my medicine, I feel better.

ku[edit | edit source]

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

medication3, medicine3, cure2, pill2, medical2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

Green pills on a black background
Pill capsules

The most commonly used sitelen pona glyph for misikeke (󱦇) represents a pill capsule. It was designed in July 2020 by nimi Elemenopi.[4][5] Another proposed glyph (misikeke2), designed by jan Muna and jan Sala in 2021, depicts a mortar and pestle,[6] a tool traditionally used in many cultures for creating medicine, among other uses.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

Mortar and pestle with black pepperons inside

The sitelen sitelen glyph for misikeke represents a mortar and pestle. It was inspired by the glyphs for kasi (kasi) and poki (poki). The glyph was designed by Jonathan Gabel (jan Josan), lon Jawin, jan Pensa, and jan Saki in 2021.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Sonja [@sonjalang]. (4 November 2019). [Message posted in the #toki-pona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. "I experimented with words like monsuta, pake, majuna, powe, misikeke".
  2. jan Sonja [@sonjalang]. (4 November 2019). [Message posted in the #toki-pona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. "If I remember correctly, misikeke comes from Ojibwa or from Mikmaq language".
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362.
  4. nimi Elemenopi [u/ElemenopiTheSequel]. (26 July 2020). "I made a sitelen pona glyph for every non-pu word in the "nimi ale pona" dictionary". r/tokipona. Reddit. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  5. nimi Elemenopi [u/ElemenopiTheSequel]. (15 August 2020). "Here are the official glyphs for the 1b words in the NA". r/OffThePu. Reddit. Retrieved 28 December 2023. "[Key: black] = original, made by me".
  6. jan Muna [@neonpixii]. (27 July 2021). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 28 January 2024. "[...] i like the idea of an alt glyph for misikeke that is a simplified/stylized mortar and pestle rather than a pill".
  7. Jonathan Gabel. (5 September 2021). "Designing glyphs - sitelen suwi pi nimi ku suli". jonathangabel.com. Retrieved 22 January 2024.

Further reading[edit | edit source]

Wikipesija has a Toki Pona article on
misikeke.