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kipisi in sitelen pona
kipisi in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ
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. After its revival, it was formerly widespread according to the 2022 Linku survey, but has since declined somewhat in usage.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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

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.[2]

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:[3]

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 obelus (÷), used as a division sign in Anglophone countries. The glyph was designed by jan Same in October 2016. Originally closely resembling the mathematical sign,[4] it was later rotated to a diagonal to avoid confusion with lon (lon).[5] Thereafter, it looks similar to the percent sign (%), and is a homoglyph of a form of the rarer commercial minus sign (⁒).[a] This version was included in version 1.0 of jan Same's linja pona font.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph of kipisi (kipisi) depicts a circle encircling two triangles, pointing away from each other with a line between them.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Funnily, that symbol is also derived from the obelus, another variant of which (⸓) lacks the lower dot and so is lon-shaped.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Sonja [@sonjalang]. (4 November 2019). [Reply to @orsetto posted in the #toki-ale channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord.

    @orsetto: @sonjalang […] was kipisi really not from Swahili kipisi ‘sliver’?
    @sonjalang: I thought it was from an Inuktitut word for cut

  2. jan Lakuse. (20 July 2021). "o toki e ijo pi toki pona ala! (9)". kalama sin.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 249–250.
  4. jan Same. (11 October 2016). "Sitelen pona glyphs for new and apocryphal words". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  5. 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]