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ijo in sitelen pona
ijo in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈi.jo/ (listen)/j/ sounds like Y, as in
"fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Core (100%  )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤌 U+F190C
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ijo is a core content word relating to things and beings.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word ijo was derived from Esperanto io, meaning "something".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of ijo includes anything that exists, such as physical things, phenomenona, ideas, actions, places, sentient beings, or otherwise.[2] For many speakers, it applies to the animate as well as the inanimate, so it may be closer to the English words "being" or "entity" than "thing".

As a verb, ijo can describe a generic action, as in "to do something".

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines ijo as:

NOUN  thing, phenomenon, object, matter

ku[edit | edit source]

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

thing5, stuff5, item5, something5, object5, entity5, phenomenon4, material4, matter (n)4, substance3, anything3, element2, asset2, being2, chemical2, subject2, product2, stock2, example2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for ijo represents a circle. It appears as a radical in other glyphs, including kulupu, pali, sike, toki (and from it, kokosila), and wawa.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. lipamanka. toki pona dictionary. lipamanka's website. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
  3. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 206.

Further reading[edit | edit source]