Pingo

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Pingo in sitelen pona
Vintage blue car
Vintage blue car
Pronunciation /ˈpin.ɡo/
Usage 2023: Obscure (4% ↘︎ )
2022: Obscure (5%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (post-pu, marginal phonology)
Part of speech Content word

Pingo is an obscure joke word and nimi ku lili relating to cars.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word Pingo is a priori, that is, it is not derived from any other existing word, and it was coined by jan Likipi in 2020.[1][2]

Pronunciation and spelling[edit | edit source]

The word Pingo contains the marginal phoneme /ɡ/. The word is, additionally, supposed have its first letter capitalized, which goes against Toki Pona's sitelen Lasina, where capitalization only applies to names. Alongside kalamARR, it is the only notable word with capitalization.

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of Pingo exclusively includes cars. It is sometimes extended to include other motor vehicles, such as trucks, vans, and buses.[3]

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as Pingo:[4]

car½

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for Pingo (Pingo) is an uppercase serif letter P. Alternatively, it is a drawing of a car as viewed form the side.

Related words[edit | edit source]

poak23087[i23ej&(^$!(#!@&$_(HEQq0j[edit | edit source]

Car wreck in the woods. The word only means "car", but the spelling is a wreck.
Car wreck in the woods. The word only means "car", but the spelling is a wreck.
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

poak23087[i23ej&(^$!(#!@&$_(HEQq0j is an unpronounceable joke word and nimi sin that means "car". The text #!@&$ must be written in cursive. It was coined by jan Juli in September 2021 as a keysmash during a conversation about Pingo and other nimi sin for cars.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Likipi [@lilscribby]. (22 September 2020). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 2 December 2023. "i wanna make a nimi sin called Pingo and it has to be capitalized and it means car".
  2. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 24.
  3. manœ [@.manoe.]. (17 November 2022). [Message posted in the #sona-kulupu channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 2 December 2023. "Pingo means:".
    Which of the following options are included in the semantic space of Pingo?
    Option Votes
    Car 45
    Van 14
    Truck 15
    Boat 0
    To drive 2
    Bus 15
    Bike 2
    Other 0
  4. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 328.
  5. [@kilipan]. (24 September 2021). [Message posted in the #pali-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 26 December 2023.

    or use poak23087[i23ej&(^$!(#!@&$_(HEQq0j, my newly coined nimi sin for car

    note that the #!@&$ part has to be cursive

    The "cursive" section was input with asterisks (*) treated as Markdown italics tags. These asterisks may be part of the original keysmash.

Further reading[edit | edit source]