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Idioms are very rare in Toki Pona due to the focus on clear speech.

jo e luka mute[edit | edit source]

Origin Number system before numeric ale
Book No book

One early idiom is jo e luka mute (lit. 'to have many arms'), meaning "to be complicated". At the time of this idiom's coinage, luka was the highest-value number word, so big numbers would have many repetitions of luka.[1][2]

o moku e kala pona[edit | edit source]

Another idiom is o moku e kala pona (omekapo for short; lit. 'eat (a) good fish') which is used as a farewell.[3] It is taken from a message that jan Sonja signed in jan Maliku's copy of pu.

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  1. jan Sonja (21 May 2002). "Compounds". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  2. jan Sonja [@sonjalang]. (16 November 2022). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 12 October 2023. "luka was the highest number at the time, so big numbers were like luka luka luka luka luka luka luka wan[.] hence the idiom, ona li jo e luka mute, it is complicated".
  3. kala pona Tonyu. (23 January 2021). "omekapo". lipu kule. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
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