kipisi

From sona pona, the Toki Pona wiki

kipisi in sitelen pona
kipisi in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈki.pi.si/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Common (67% ↘︎ )2022: Widespread (73%)
Book and era nimi ku suli (pre-pu)
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥻 U+F197B

kipisi is a common content word and pre-pu nimi ku suli relating to splitting. It was formerly widespread according to the 2022 Linku survey, but has since declined in usage.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word kipisi is thought to be derived from Iñupiaq kipriruk, meaning "cut",[1] or potentially Swahili kipisi, meaning "sliver, small piece of wood".[2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of kipisi includes splitting, cutting, and otherwise dividing into pieces. It overlaps with pakala, and with using any number as a transitive verb, although the latter can refer to multiplication or division depending on context. kipisi can also refer to a piece of something.

jan li ken kipisi e ona tawa sike ante mute 

jan li ken kipisi e ona tawa sike ante mute.[3]

People can cut it into many different circles.

ku[edit | edit source]

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

split4, division4, slice4, cut3, divide3, chop3, segment3, section3, portion2, piece2, part2, half2, rip2, clip2, separation2, chunk2, carve2, separate2, sector2, percentage2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for kipisi (󱥻) is derived from the division sign (÷). It was designed by jan Same, designer of the linja pona font, in October 2016, closely resembling the mathematical sign.[5] It was later changed and the horizontal line being rotated to the side, similarly to the percent sign (%), to avoid confusion with lon.[6] This version was included in version 1.0 of linja pona.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Sonja [@sonjalang]. (11 March 2019). [Message posted in the #toki-pona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord.
  2. [@orsetto]. (11 March 2019). [Message posted in the #toki-pona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord.
  3. jan Lakuse. (2 March 2021). "o toki e ijo pi toki pona ala! (9)". kalama sin.
  4. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 249–250.
  5. jan Same. (11 October 2016). "Sitelen pona glyphs for new and apocryphal words". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  6. jan Same. (16 October 2016). "Re: Sitelen pona glyphs for new and apocryphal words". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 23 November 2023.

Further reading[edit | edit source]