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jaki in sitelen pona
jaki in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈja.ki/ (listen)/j/ sounds like Y, as in
"fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤐 U+F1910

jaki is a core content word relating to dirty and disgusting things.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word jaki is derived from Englihs yucky.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of jaki includes things considered dirty, disgusting, garbage or otherwise obscene. It includes illness and disease, as well as bacteria and viruses, especially those harmful to other creatures. Things deemed jaki are often additionally but not inherently considered ike.[2]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  disgusting, obscene, sickly, toxic, unclean, unsanitary

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as jaki:

dirty5, trash5, gross5, garbage5, mess5, disgusting4, junk4, bacteria4, nasty4, crap3, toxic3, waste3, infection3, disease2, shit2, virus2, pollution2, bullshit2, illness1

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

Alternative versions of jaki shown in the Esperanto translation of pu

The sitelen pona glyph for jaki is a scribble, and it may be drawn in any way as long as it is recognizable. Several fonts have support for multiple alternative versions of the glyph, as well as a randomized selection.[3][4] The following is an example from linja lipamanka:

jaki1 jaki2 jaki3 jaki4 jaki5 jaki6 jaki7 jaki8 jaki9 jaki10 jaki11

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. A_Lol [@a_lol0273] (26 October 2023). [Informal poll posted in the #sona-kulupu channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. "Do you consider all jaki things to be ike?". Discord.
    In your opinion, are all things jaki considered ike?
    Option Votes
    Yes, all things jaki are also ike. 3
    Yes, all things jaki are also ike. 110
    No, less than most things jaki are ike. 25
    Other 1
  3. "Fairfax HD". KreativeKorp. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  4. "Fairfax Pona HD". KreativeKorp. Retrieved 18 October 2023.