Acronyms

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Caution: The subject of this article is nonstandard and will not be understood by most speakers.
It is recommended to familiarize yourself with the standard style, and to be informed and selective about which nonstandard styles you adopt.

Some acronyms and initialisms for common phrases have seen use. They are sometimes resisted for concerns of lexicalizing the underlying phrases.

J[edit | edit source]

j-
jan (headnoun)

L[edit | edit source]

lp
  1. luka pona (sign language)
  2. linja pona (font)
ls
linja sike (font)

M[edit | edit source]

mpptp
ma pona pi toki pona (Discord server)
msa
mi sona ala ("idk", "I don't know")
spp
sitelen pona pona (writing system)
spt
sitelen pona taso ("Sitelen Pona only")
sptp
suno pi toki pona (event)
ss
sitelen sitelen, sitelen suwi (writing system)
tpt
toki pona taso ("Toki Pona only")

Substitute letters[edit | edit source]

Some speakers use letters not in the Toki Pona alphabet to stand in for sitelen pona glyphs. Examples include x for ala, к (ka) for ken, ρ (rho) for mi, and Y? for anu seme. Thus, msa (mi sona ala) could become msx or ρsx.

Single-use[edit | edit source]

Many single-use backronyms are created in the game Acrophobia (commonly musi Ako).

In sitelen pona, names are read as acronyms of the words written in a cartouche.

nimi sin[edit | edit source]

Acronyms and initialisms have also been used to coin some nimi sin, sorted here by their recognition as of 2023:

Uncommon[edit | edit source]

omekapo
o moku e kala pona

Obscure[edit | edit source]

kamalawala
kama pi lawa ala
kuntu
kalama musi tan uta
kutopoma
kulupu pi toki pona pi ma Anku
melome
meli pi olin meli
mijomi
mije pi olin mije
peto
pana e telo oko
omekalike
o moku e kala ike
omen
o moli e mi

See also[edit | edit source]