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loje in sitelen pona
loje in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈlo.je//j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Core (99% ↗︎ )2022: Core (98%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤫 U+F192B

loje is a core content word used for red and red–adjacent colors.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word loje is derived from Dutch rooie, an inflected form of rood, meaning "red".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of loje usually ranges from reddish shades of purple to reddish shades of orange and brown. Other colors that can be described as loje include burgundy, crimson, fuchsia, magenta maroon, pink, rust, salmon, scarlet, and vermilion.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  red, reddish

ku[edit | edit source]

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


sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for loje (󱤫) is derived from the glyph for uta and a triangle radical, representing the red color of the mouth.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for loje (loje) is likely derived from a Maya glyph for chak (T109), meaning "red" or "great".[3] A modified version of this chak glyph is placed over sitelen sitelen's color radical, which is taken from the lower half of the pimeja glyph.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. 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. p. 271.
  3. Montgomery, John. "Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs". FAMSI. Retrieved 11 March 2024.

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