From sona pona
    kijetesantakalu in sitelen pona
    kijetesantakalu in sitelen sitelen
    Usage 2023: Widespread (75% ↗ )
    2022: Widespread (73%)
    Book and era nimi ku suli (pre-pu)
    Part of speech Content word
    Codepoint 󱦀 U+F1980

    kijetesantakalu is a pre-pu word relating to animals in the family Procyonidae. It was coined by Sonja Lang as an April Fools' joke in 2009. It is the longest Toki Pona word currently in use. Due to the word's length, it is often be pronounced with secondary stress on the syllable ta, or more rarely ka or san.[1]

    Etymology[edit | edit source]

    The word kijetesantakalu is derived from kierteishäntäkarhu meaning "kinkajou", from kierteinen ("helical"), häntä ("tail"), and karhu ("bear").

    Semantic space[edit | edit source]

    kijetesantakalu was originally defined by Lang as "any animal from the Procyonidae family, such as raccoons, coatis, kinkajous, olingos, ringtails and cacomistles".[2] Some speakers expand the semantic space of kijetesantakalu to include other animals. A common expansion is "any animal from the Musteloidea superfamily, including raccoons, weasels, otters, skunks, and red pandas".

    Rarely, kijetesantakalu is used in relation to April Fools' Day and practical jokes, referencing the word's origins.

    Earnestness[edit | edit source]

    kijetesantakalu was originally a joke word. The word is now used for other reasons as well, be it as a symbol of identity or simply liking the sitelen pona glyph. These speakers sometimes shorten it to kijete or kije, especially to use it as a headnoun. See Abbreviations § kijetesantakalu. Opinions on the word's seriousness vary between speakers.

    sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

    sitelen pona glyph designed by James Flear, used in linja pona

    The most recognized sitelen pona glyph (kijetesantakalu) was designed by James Flear in 2019. It won a glyph design contest for the font linja pona,[3] and spread from there. The glyph is featured in Tokipono: La lingvo de bono, the Esperanto edition of lipu pu.

    Other glyphs may be in use by a small minority of users:

    Number system[edit | edit source]

    The Toki Pona Dictionary features a joke number system named after this word, nasin nanpa kijetesantakalu (tan soweli nata), where each digit is the word "kijetesantakalu" with a different stressed syllable. The stress isn't notated in writing.

    nasin kijetesantakalu[edit | edit source]

    nasin kijetesantakalu was a proposal made by Sonja Lang as an April Fools' joke in 2021. In her post on the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server, she wrote:[4]

    On this blessed anniversary of kijetesantakalu, I would like to formally clarify that en is a subject marker that is omitted at the beginning of a sentence. The default and recommended word order in Toki Pona has always been subject–verb–object, but other structures are possible for stylistic effect.

    She provided examples of the six word orders in use.

    • SVO: mi moku e kili.
    • SOV: mi e kili li moku.
    • VSO: li moku en mi e kili.
    • VOS: li moku e kili en mi.
    • OVS: e kili li moku en mi. kili li kama moku tan mi.
    • OSV: e kili en mi moku. kili la mi moku e ona.

    nasin kijetesantakalu is generally not used among speakers. However, some have adopted it in their own nasin.

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. jan Pensa (@jpensa) (6 July 2021). Message on the #sona-kulupu channel in ma pona pi toki pona. Discord.
      I pronounce kijetesantakalu with accent on
      (Multiple allowed)
      n = 43
      ki 28
      je 9
      te 3
      san 9
      ta 20
      ka 13
      lu 1
    2. Lang, Sonja (1 April 2009). "New official word / Nova oficiala vorto". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
    3. Flear, James (12 July 2019). "toki! After a week of voting, I present to you the winners of the “New sitelen pona glyph contest”." Archived from the original on 9 August 2023. Facebook.
    4. Lang, Sonja (@sonjalang) (1 April 2021). Message on the #toki-pona channel on ma pona pi toki pona. Discord.