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kepeken in sitelen pona
kepeken in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Preposition, content word
Codepoint 󱤙 U+F1919

kepeken is a core preposition and content word relating to use and means.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word kepeken is derived from Dutch gebruiken, meaning "to use; to consume."[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of kepeken includes use and means of action.

Preposition[edit | edit source]

As a preposition, kepeken represents the means or way by which a thing is done.

ona tu li toki kepeken ilo 

ona tu li toki kepeken ilo.[2]

The two of them spoke using a tool.

Content word[edit | edit source]

As a content word, kepeken can mean used or in use. This is not necessarily majority usage, and the history of kepeken is controversial. See kepeken e for more.

ma-tomo ni la toki mute a li kepeken

ma tomo ni la toki mute a li kepeken.[3]

In this city, many languages are used.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

PREPOSITION  to use, with, by means of

ku[edit | edit source]

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

use5, utilize4, via3, employ3, used2, operate2, interact2, equip2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for kepeken (󱤙) is derived from the radicals for hand and hammer, representing tool use.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. jan Kekan San. (15 July 2023). "jan mun". utala musi pi ma pona. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  3. (8 June 2022). "mi lon ma Paris! - toki pona vlog". abi du coeur [@2b-coeur]. YouTube. Retrieved 10 November 2023.

Further reading[edit | edit source]