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Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Obscure (8% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (7%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (pre-pu, marginal phonology)
Part of speech Content word

sutopatikuna is an obscure pre-pu joke word with marginal phonology relating to platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus).[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word sutopatikuna is derived from Croatian čudnovati kljunaš, lit. 'strange beak'. It was coined by Alexandre Baudry as an April Fools' joke in 2009, in response to the coinage of kijetesantakalu.[1]

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

The word sutopatikuna breaks Toki Pona's phonotactics by having the disallowed syllable *ti. Some speakers instead pronounce it with the syllable si to overcome this.[2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

Illustration of a platypus

ku[edit | edit source]

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


sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

su­to­pa­ti­ku­na in sitelen seli kiwen

The word sutopatikuna predated sitelen pona; a glyph was later[when?] proposed[by whom?] so that it could be used in the writing system. The proposed glyph (sutopatikuna) represents a platypus head, with a curved beak. In practice, it is unknown whether this glyph sees significant use.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Baudry, Alexandre (1 April 2009). "RE: New official word / Nova oficiala vorto". "Dear Sonja, That's a great idea, but if you do so, you need also to add a special word for the Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). I would suggest the word "sutopatikuna" from the croatian word [č]udnovati kljuna […]". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 19 October 2023.
  2. jan Kapesi Pake (1 September 2021). "nimi “sutopatikuna”* li pona". In lipu tenpo nanpa kule (In Toki Pona). lipu tenpo.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 354.

Further reading[edit | edit source]