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Pronunciation /ˈka.ma.la.wa.la/
Usage 2023: Obscure4, Rare6 (10% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't use this word.2022: Obscure (8%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

kamalawala is an obscure content word and post-pu nimi ku lili relating to revolution.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word kamalawala is derived from the phrase kama pi lawa ala, meaning "to become without rulers, to become independent". This is from the poem "jan pi kamalawala" by jan Sojapoja.[a][1][2] jan Kipo is credited with turning it into a word instead of a name.[citation needed]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of kamalawala includes revolution and uprising, the attempt achieve change in political power. It also refers to anarchy, a political philosophy without rulers.[3]

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as kamalawala:[4]


sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

Stylized red Circle-A

The word kamalawala is not often used in sitelen pona. A proposed glyph (kamalawala)[by whom? when?] depicts the Circle-A, a common anarchist symbol. In practice, it is unknown whether this glyph sees significant use.

A few UCSUR fonts use zero-width joiners (ZWJ) between the glyphs for kama pi lawa ala to produce the single glyph character for kamalawala.[5][6]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Other names include jan Wesu and jan Powe.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Sojapoja [@avocadonatello]. (13 June 2020). [Message posted in the #pali-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 8 December 2023.
  2. jan Sojapoja. (8 December 2023). "jan pi kamalawala". Internet Archive.
  3. jan Peton. (14 June 2022). "nasin tenpo pi kamalawala Kanse". lipu kule. Retrieved 7 December 2023.
  4. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 242.
  5. Rebecca Bettencourt. "Fairfax Pona HD". KreativeKorp. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  6. Umihotaru [@Umihotarus]. (1 November 2022). "いくつかの nimisin や固有の用語のための特別な合字もあります。" (in Japanese). Twitter. Retrieved 14 December 2023.

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