Usage categories

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A usage category is a criterion for word usage based on the annual surveys by Linku. These are a more granular, more frequently updated replacement for the book presence categories.[1]

Table of categories[edit | edit source]

In the following tables, a bold line represents the cutoff for the categories that are selected by default. Numbers are rounded to the nearest percentage point. For words that are below these categories, Linku uses the term non-notable; uses the term marginal,[2] which has been adopted on sona pona to avoid the interpretation that these words are not notable for the wiki.

Category Users
n = 868
Core [90%, 100%]
Widespread [70%, 90%)
Common [50%, 70%)
Uncommon[a] [20%, 50%)
Rare[a] [10%, 20%)
Obscure[b][c][d] [2%, 10%)
Category Users
n = 345
Core [90%, 100%]
Widespread [70%, 90%)
Common [50%, 70%)
Uncommon [20%, 50%)
Rare [10%, 20%)
Obscure [1%, 10%)

Survey results[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 On 12 February 2024, a message was added clarifying that most speakers don't use uncommon or rare words.
  2. In the 2023 results post, the obscure category is split into a high end [5%, 10%) and low end [2%, 5%) purely for readability.
  3. New words below 2% usage are considered not notable for inclusion in the dictionary. Words below this threshold that are already included are planned to be moved into a separate sandbox resource. As of the publication of the 2023 results, this is yet to be done.
  4. On 12 February 2024, a message was added clarifying that most speakers don't use or understand obscure words.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. kala Asi. (7 August 2023). "wile sona nimi". kala Asi [@kala_asi]. YouTube. Archived from the original on 18 October 2023. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  2. jan Tani. "about". Retrieved 17 January 2024.