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lipu in sitelen pona
lipu in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈli.pu/
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤪 U+F192A

lipu is a core content word relating to any flat object, including documents.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word lipu is derived from Finnish lippu, meaning "flag, sheet".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

Object words, such as linja, lipu, palisa, supa, and sinpin

The semantic space of lipu includes any flat object, such as a leaf (of a tree) or a piece of paper. It may refer to documents, such as papers, books, page, and signs, and by extension, non-physical documents, such as websites and blogs.

Although lipu comes from a word meaning "flag", the word len ("cloth") is also often used to express this.

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines lipu as:

NOUN  flat object; book, document, card, paper, record, website

ku[edit | edit source]

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

paper5, book5, ticket5, document5, article5, card5, page5, magazine4, sheet4, file4, website3, essay3, novel3, letter (in mail)3, sign3, publication3, doc2, certificate2, literature2, journal2, flat2, blog2, list2, pad2, poster2, newspaper2, form2, tag2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for lipu (󱤪) is a rectangle, generally drawn in portrait orientation, representing the shape of a sheet of paper or book.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

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See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 267–288.

Further reading[edit | edit source]