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In Toki Pona, completionism is the use of all additional features of some type, often words. It can occur in different situations and for various reasons, such as maximizing the number of nimi sin one uses, or including all possible glyphs in a font to support the range of user preferences.

Completionism can be considered the opposite of minimalism, although the two can align, such as when using all word-avoidance styles of speech.

Criticism[edit | edit source]

Some forms of completionism have been criticized as misguided.

One is treating a post-hoc category as if it were a coherent list. This often applies to the list of words in some dictionary, such as the nimi ku[1] or Linku usage categories, but can also apply to other lists such as font repertoires. Learners may underestimate the arbitrariness and fluctuation of such lists. This approach also doesn't evaluate each list item on its own merits; for example, many Tokiponists come to prefer and reject specific nimi ku suli or obscure words, rather than using them all equally on the surface-level basis of category membership.

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