From sona pona, the English–Toki Pona wiki
ike in sitelen pona
ike in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈi.ke/ (listen)
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 semantic space of ike includes negative qualities, such as things deemed bad, unpleasant, harmful, or unneeded.

o weka e nimi ike
o weka e nimi ike.[2]

Omit needless words. (quote by William Strunk)

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 frowning face. It is a mirror image of the glyph for pona.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Lang, Sonja (2014). Toki Pona: The Language of Good. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292300. OCLC 921253340.
  3. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 209–210.

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