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nasa in sitelen pona
nasa in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ (listen)
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤾 U+F193E

nasa is a core content word relating to unusual things.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word nasa is derived from Tok Pisin nasau, meaning "stupid, crazy", a word only known to exist in the book Pidgin-English für Papua-Neuguinea: Wort für Wort.[1][2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of nasa includes deviations from the norm.[3] Unlike English, the word holds a neutral connotation by default. It also refers to behaving unusually, such as impulsively. By extension, it includes drunkness and intoxication.

mani li nasa e jan
mani li nasa e jan.[4]

[M]oney drives people crazy. […]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  unusual, strange; foolish, crazy; drunk, intoxicated

After the publication of the Toki Pona Dictionary, the definition was corrected and the sense of "foolish, crazy" was replaced with "silly", according to jan Sonja, "in light of a commitment to non-ableist language".[5]

ADJECTIVE  unusual, strange; silly; drunk, intoxicated

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as nasa:

weird5, unusual5, strange5, odd5, drunk4, silly3, wild3, ridiculous2, psychoactive2, nonsense2, confuse2, suspicious2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for nasa represents a spiral, a symbol of drunkness, dizziness, and hypnosis. This may come from the sensation that one's surroundings are spinning around when they are disoriented.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Schaefer, Albrecht G. (2001). Pidgin-English für Papua-Neuguinea: Wort für Wort. p. 164.
    nasau: blöde, verrückt
  3. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".
  4. jan Sepulon. (25 August 2021). "mi seli (toki pona song about climate change)". jan Sepulon li kalama [@jansepulon]. YouTube. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  5. Lang, Sonja (2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 13.