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Pronunciation /ˈa.ku/
Usage 2023: Not notable (1%)Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

aku is a marginal content word relating to surprise and to flavors such as sourness.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word aku is derived from Romanian acru, meaning "sour". It is cognate with English acrid. It was coined by kulupu Solali in 2023;[citation needed] like anta, it was created "in order to expand the taste words".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of aku includes things that are shocking, surprising, or unexpected. It also includes flavors such as sourness, bitterness, and acidity, making it a counterpart to suwi ("sweet") and a hyponym of the extended sense of kule.

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for aku (aku) depicts a face with eyes squeezed shut and an open smile. It is similar to the glyphs for suwi (suwi) and jami (jami).

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