natu

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natu in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈna.tu/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Obscure (3% → )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (3%)
Book and era No book (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

natu is an obscure content word and nimi sin relating to crossings and overlaps.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word natu is derived from Vietnamese ngã tư, meaning "four-way intersection; crossroads". It was coined by jan Lakuse in 2020.[1][2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of natu includes correlations, commonalities, crosses, knots, junctions, and intersections. As a verb, it can mean to overlap or fold, or to overstep, to exceed to a point.

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for natu (natu) is an upwards arrow with a horizontal stroke, possibly inspired by the glyph for nasin and representing the intersection of two paths.

Related words[edit | edit source]

aka[edit | edit source]

aka in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈa.ka/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Not notable (1% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (0%)
This word is deprecated.
Book and era No book (post-ku)
Part of speech Content word

aka is a marginal and deprecated synonym for natu coined by kulupu Eki and oni Tewi in July 2021.[3] It is derived from Mandarin / (pinyin: guò), meaning "to cross; to pass", and English (a)cross. It uses the same sitelen pona glyph as natu.

eki[edit | edit source]

eki in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈe.ki/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Not notable (1% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (0%)
Book and era No book (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

eki is a marginal synonym for natu coined by jan Anselo in February 2021.[4] It is derived from the English name of the letter X, spelled ex. It uses the same sitelen pona glyph as natu.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Lakuse [@raacz106]. (27 October 2020). [Message posted in the #jaki channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  2. jan Lakuse [@raacz106]. (28 July 2021). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 9 December 2023.

    natu “relationship, cross, intersection, knot, overlap, to overstep, correlation, junction, fold”
    ← Vietnamese ngã tư ‘crossroads, four-way intersection

  3. oni Tewi [@davidb9]. (27 July 2021). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  4. jan Anselo. (5 February 2021). "eki". Reddit. Retrieved 9 December 2023.

Further reading[edit | edit source]