List of marginal words in ... usefulquotes

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This is a list of marginal words in the ... usefulquotes document[1] that are not discussed elsewhere on this wiki.

The original definitions of these words, as copied onto ... usefulquotes, are notes saved to a bot on the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server. For the definitions section of the document, jan Pensa only copied notes for words not present in the nimi ale pona dictionary, which, at the time, could be accessed through a bot command named ,pu on ma pona.

The words not listed on this article (awase, eki, jonke, kijete, kosan, molusa, natu, oni, pika, suke, tokiponito, toma, yutu) are present in other notable resources such as Linku. Thus, some of them may be more recognizable, although they vary in usage and recognition.

asu[edit | edit source]

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Pronunciation /ˈa.su/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

asu is a marginal post-pu word for moths. It is derived from Hausa asu, meaning "moth", and was coined by motan on 20 August 2021.[2]

jete[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈje.te//j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

jete is a post-pu content word relating to projectiles and yeeting (throwing). It is derived from French jeter.

kani[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈka.ni/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

kani is a post-ku content word relating to types, kinds, categories, and sorting. It is derived from Tok Pisin kain, from English kind. It was coined on 27 August 2021.

kitu[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈki.tu/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

kitu is a word that "means whatever you want it to mean," and is "basically a wild card in word form".

kolo[edit | edit source]

kolo in sitelen pona
Pigs
Pigs
Pronunciation /ˈko.lo/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

kolo is a marginal post-ku word for pigs.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word kolo is derived from several languages, including Swahili guruwe, Zulu ingulube, Kongo ngulu, Spanish guarro and gorrino, Japanese ゴロゴロ (gorogoro), and English grunt. kolo was coined by soweli pi loje walo on 1 October 2021, originally as koro[3] but changed to fit Toki Pona phonology shortly after.[4]

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for kolo (kolo) depicts a pig, viewed in profile.[5] In the original glyph, the pig is seated, with the legs matching those of the glyph for kijetesantakalu, and the outline is also broken at the tip of the ear. kolo was added to the Fairfax and sitelen seli kiwen fonts in February 2024. There, it is redrawn in an upright position with a full outline, a mouth, and a curly tail. In both versions of the glyph, only one eye dot is drawn, unusually for animal words.

me[edit | edit source]

me in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /me/
Usage 2023: N/A
2022: Obscure (0%)
Book and era No book
Part of speech Particle

me is a post-ku joke interjection of bewilderment, confusion, and "other things". It is derived from a sound [mɾeəʔ] spontaneously made by ijo Kakuko pi pilin sona. It also has a non-humorous definition where it is reanalyzed as an abbreviation of anu seme.

sina pali e ni me

sina pali e ni me?

Are you making this?

sina me li pali e ni

sina me li pali e ni?

Are you the one making this?

sina pali me e ni

sina pali me e ni?

Are you really making this (as opposed to some other action)?

me appears to have a sitelen pona glyph in the sitelen seli kiwen font family, derived from the glyph for seme (seme).

minsu[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈmin.su/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

minsu is a post-pu content word relating to electricity and lightning, much like pika, an obscure word. minsu is derived from Kannada ಮಿಂಚು miñcu, meaning "lightning".

nan[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /nan/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Particle

nan is a post-pu particle based on nanpa, "but only ever used as a dereferencing particle and never a content word." It is derived from Toki Pona nanpa and IEEE 754 NaN.

paka[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈpa.ka/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Particle

paka is a profane post-pu interjection of exasperation and willful recklessness, roughly translatable as "ah, screw it". It is derived from Toki Pona pakala with the removal of la.

panpan[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈpan.pan/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

panpan is a content word relating to sandwiches. It is derived from reduplicating Toki Pona pan, and was coined by soweli pi loje walo.

pe[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /pe/
Usage 2023: N/A
2022: Obscure (0%)
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

pe is a word relating to the variable b in mathematics.

santa[edit | edit source]

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Pronunciation /ˈsan.ta/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

santa is a post-pu joke word relating to spreading joy, being generous, and deceiving children. It is derived from English Santa, and was coined by nasin laso Sasalin.

sokeli[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈso.ke.li/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

sokeli is a post-pu content word relating to sowelisoko hybrids, such as the Mooshroom in Minecraft.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ma pona pi toki pona community, jan Pensa (compiler). (22 September 2021). "... usefulquotes". Google Docs. Retrieved 8 November 2023.
  2. [@motan.]. (20 August 2021). [Message posted in the #jaki channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  3. soweli pi loje walo [@Fureddji#2817]. (1 October 2021). [Message posted in the #jaki channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
    .. koro A nimisin that means "pig" taken from: Swahili:guruwe Zulu:ingulube, Kongo:ngulu Spanish:guarro,gorrino, Japanese:(gorogoro) English:grunt
  4. soweli pi loje walo [@Fureddji#2817]. (1 October 2021). [Message posted in the #jaki channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 4 February 2024. ".. kolo".
  5. soweli pi loje walo [@Fureddji#2817]. (1 October 2021). [Message posted in the #jaki channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 4 February 2024.