From sona pona
    Usage 2023: Obscure (3%)
    Book and era No book
    Part of speech Content word
    Codepoint &#x; U+

    eliki is a content word and nimi sin coined by kulupu telo mun in 2023. It is related to immutable characteristics about oneself that can cause pain or distress.[1]

    Etymology[edit | edit source]

    eliki is derived from the Cherokee word ehisdi (ᎡᎯᏍᏗ) meaning "pain, distress".

    Semantic space[edit | edit source]

    According to jan Salinsen (also known as waso suno), eliki is defined as:[2]

    trial, adversity; bittersweet; an experience with the quality of being deeply felt or important to oneself while defying classification as positive, negative, or a simply described admixture of positive and negative

    It is intended "to help people describe a range of identities and experiences important to them" that may not be sufficiently described by pakala, pona, ike, nasa or other words. As such, specific usage varies between speakers. eliki generally describes immutable characteristics that can cause pain or distress but should be viewed as value-neutral or have become part of one's identity. It is often used for disabilities for which a cure is unpresent or unwanted.

    According to a document created by kulupu telo mun, the factors that define the semantic space of eliki appear to be:[3]

    • chronicity
    • the long term effects of the experience
    • the importance of the experience to identity
    • nature vs nurture
    • not implicitly having negative connotations, (more comfortable for some speakers?)
    • moving away from implicitly negative language to describe body and behavior traits, combating ableism and internalized ableism
    • being able to speak about deeper things such as poverty or systemic oppression with a focus on how they effect the person and how that can be mitigated
    • still leaving room for the user to describe it as ike, pona, pakala, nasa, etc however they like

    The philosophy of eliki is similar to identity-first language (for example, "autistic person", "Deaf person"), which certain disabled communities prefer to person-first language ("person with …"), because their eliki are an inseparable part of who they are.

    sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

    The following images are examples of the intended sitelen pona glyph for eliki, designed by kulupu telo mun. As of September 2023, most sitelen pona fonts do not support eliki yet.

    sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

    The following sitelen sitelen glyph was designed by jan Salinsen, based on the sitelen pona glyph by kulupu telo mun and the sitelen sitelen glyph for telo.

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. kulupu mun telo (@saturniidaemon). (7 February 2023). Message posted on the #sona-musi channel of ma pona pi toki pona. Discord.
    2. jan Salinsen (@starlingmelody). (5 August 2023). Message posted in the thread "eliki li seme tawa sina?" on the #toki-suli channel of ma pona pi toki pona. Discord.
    3. kulupu telo mun. eliki la redefining. Archived from the original on 2 October 2023. Google Docs. Created 14 July 2023.