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ku in sitelen pona
ku in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ku/
Usage 2023: Common4, Widespread6 (70% ↘︎ )2022: Widespread (80%)
Book and era nimi ku suli (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱦈 U+F1988

ku is a common content word defined as "interacting with the Toki Pona Dictionary".[1] It was inspired by the word pu, meaning "to interact with Toki Pona: The Language of Good", and is the second such book word.

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of ku includes interacting in any way with the Toki Pona Dictionary. It may also refer to the book itself. As a modifier, it includes anything relating to the book.

mi ku

mi ku!

I am reading the Toki Pona Dictionary!

tenpo ku li lon a

tenpo ku li lon a!

The time of the Toki Pona Dictionary has come!

ku[edit | edit source]

The Toki Pona Dictionary defines ku as the following.[1] The translation is presented without a frequency index, probably due to not occurring in survey responses, or occurring misleadingly infrequently such that it would appear not to qualify as a nimi ku suli.

interact with Toki Pona Dictionary [this book!]

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

Variations of the glyph for ku
Glyph for ku in linja Enki

The sitelen pona glyph for ku (󱦈) depicts a simplified drawing of the book's cover. It was designed by lipamanka, jan Ana, jan Sa, and jan Sonja in 2021, with four variants for drawing the Toki Pona emblem on the cover, ranging from the full toki pona glyph to a simple dot.[2] While all variants are recognized as correct, the most commonly used is the simplest one with the dot.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

In sitelen sitelen, the word ku is written with a syllable glyph (KU).

Like with pu and su, there is not a unique word glyph for ku. This is arguably also the case for ko (ko) and sin (sin).

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 256.
  2. lipamanka [@lipamanka]. (22 July 2021). [Message posted in the #ijo-sin channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 19 December 2023.

    [...] Me [...], jan Ana [...], jan sa [...], and of course Sonja Lang [...] have created the official sitelen pona symbol for ku! You may notice that there are four symbols here. They are all correct! The idea with this symbol is that the level of complexity of the dot can range from just a dot to the official toki pona symbol. The rest of the symbol is lipu, with three lines meeting at the center of the upper left quadrant, coming from the upper right corner, the center of the right side, and the center of the bottom. linja suwi is updated now, and linja pi pu lukin will be updated Soon™, and the next installment of linja sike (linja sike 5) will contain the four variants below, and possibly more variants. Ask questions in #pali-musi!

Further reading[edit | edit source]