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leko in sitelen pona
leko in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈle.ko/
Usage 2023: Common4, Widespread6 (70% ↘︎ )2022: Widespread (72%)
Book and era nimi ku suli (pre-pu)
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥼 U+F197C

leko is a common content word and pre-pu nimi ku suli relating to bricks and squares.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word leko is derived from the name of the Danish toy company Lego, itself derived from Danish leg godt, meaning "play well".[1] Another possibility, according to nimi ale pona, is that it is derived from Finnish lohko, meaning "section, block".[2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of leko includes objects with a square or cube shape. Examples include blocks, bricks, stairs, and corners.

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as leko:[3]

square4, cube3, block3, stair2, brick2, polyhedron2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

leko in linja pona

The sitelen pona glyph for leko (󱥼) depicts 2 concentric squares, based on the concentric circles used for sike (sike). It was designed by jan Same in October 2016.[4]

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for leko represents a square, together with a phonetic radical for the vowels e (E) and o (O) in the upper-right corner of the glyph. It was designed by lon Jawin and jan Pensa in 2021.[5][6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. Moniz, C. Ryan (jan inwin); van der Meulen, Spencer H. (jan Pensa); lipamanka. (8 October 2020). "nimi ale pona (2nd ed.)". Google Docs.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 263.
  4. jan Same. (16 October 2016). "Sitelen pona glyphs for new and apocryphal words". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 24 December 2023.
  5. Gabel, Jonathan. (5 September 2021). "Designing glyphs - sitelen suwi pi nimi ku suli"". jonathangabel.com. Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  6. lon Jawin (6 October 2021). "pali len pi sitelen sitelen pi nimi ku suli". In lipu tenpo nanpa toki (in Toki Pona). lipu tenpo.

Further reading[edit | edit source]