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ike in sitelen pona
ike in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈi.ke/
Usage 2023: Core (100% → )2022: Core (100%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤍 U+F190D

ike is a core content word relating to negative qualities.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word ike is derived from Finnish ilkeä, meaning "bad, mean".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The sentence mi weka e ike jan la mi weka e ike mi, written in sitelen sitelen

The semantic space of ike includes negative qualities, such as things deemed bad, evil, unpleasant, harmful, or unneeded.

mi weka e ike jan la mi weka e ike mi

mi weka e ike jan la mi weka e ike mi.[2]

When I erase somebody's faults, I cleanse myself of negativity.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  bad, negative; non-essential, irrelevant

ku[edit | edit source]

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

bad5, harsh5, badly5, mean (adj)4, evil4, negative4, problem4, horrible4, terrible4, unfortunate3, poorly3, offensive3, awful3, trouble3, tragic3, cruel3, wrong3, inappropriate3, issue3, complexity3, unfair2, awkward2, complicated2, vice2, hostile2, difficulty2, nasty2, corruption2, corrupt2, hard (difficult)2, harm2, complex2, danger2, cursed2, challenging2, toxic2, chaos2, difficult2, disorder2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for ike (󱤍) represents a closed frowning mouth. It is an upside down version of the glyph for pona. It is usually written wider than tall to make it more clearly distinct from nena.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for ike (ike) depicts a strangely harsh-looking creature, with a big mouth.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (25 May 2014). Toki Pona: The Language of Good. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292300. OCLC 921253340.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 209–210.

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