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musi in sitelen pona
musi in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Core (100% → )2022: Core (100%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤻 U+F193B

musi is a core content word relating to art and entertainment.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word musi is derived from Esperanto amuzi, meaning "to amuse, to entertain".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of musi includes that which is entertaining, artistic, or otherwise enjoyable. Part of the pu definition suggests that musi is non-serious; according to lipamanka's dictionary, whether this is the case is contentious.[2]

musi is a common headnoun for games and other media. It may be the entire head of the name, or a modifier in a more descriptive phrase.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  artistic, entertaining, frivolous, playful, recreational

ku[edit | edit source]

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

entertainment5, fun5, funny5, play5, game5, comedy5, art3, artistic3, fascinating2, humour2, interesting2, irony2, sport2, enjoy2, creative2, playoffs2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

musi in linja pona

The sitelen pona glyph for musi (󱤻) is a curve connected to two small circles at the upper corners.

Its origin is unclear. jan Sonja does not remember, but says that it might depict a skipping rope,[4] with the circles likely representing hands or handles if so. It has also been conjectured to represent a lyre or a smile with rosy cheeks.[5]

In jan Sonja's handwriting in Toki Pona: The Language of Good, the shape of the curve resembles that of lupa (lupa), with only slight inward curvature at the ends. The font linja pona popularized a form with a circular arc for the curve, as well as larger upper circles. Structurally, this form is often compared to the glyph for mu (mu) but with an open top and no dot.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen word glyph for musi (musi) is a fusion of the syllable glyphs for "u" and "i" (U I) with an added horizontal line.

The origin of this line is unclear. It might be taken from the consonant glyph for m (M), and/or to make it look like a face.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 289.
  4. jan Sonja [@sonjalang]. (28 April 2024). [Message posted in the #toki channel in the ma musi pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 30 April 2024. "fun fact: i wonder if the sitelen pona for musi comes from a skipping rope. i had a jump rope in my home around the same time i was working on pu, so it's my best guess".
  5. ilo Eko. (14 November 2020). "sitelen pona etymology rough draft i guess". Google Docs. Archived from the original on 5 November 2023.

Further reading[edit | edit source]