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Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Obscure (2% ↘︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (4%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

kese is an obscure content word and nimi ku lili relating to queerness.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word kese is derived from Keshet, a Jewish LGBTQ organization in the United States, whose name is derived from Hebrew קשת (késhet), lit. 'rainbow'. It was coined in 2020 by jan Jan in the ma pona pi toki pona community.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of kese includes queer and LGBTQ+ identity. Other words used for this include kule and tonsi (specifically for gender).

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as kese:[2]


sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

kese in sitelen seli kiwen

The word kese is not often used in sitelen pona. A proposed glyph (kese)[by whom? when?] is derived from the Hebrew letter qoph (ק), the first letter of Keshet (קשת). In practice, it is unknown whether this glyph sees significant use.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Jan [@janet]. (25 November 2020). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 3 February 2024.

    nimi sin: kese
    from hebrew késhet (קשת)
    meaning: queer, gay, trans, etc.
    basically a wider version of tonsi, if you're not already using tonsi to mean LGBT+ in general

  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362.

Further reading[edit | edit source]