nele

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nele in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈne.le/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Obscure (2% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (1%)
Book and era No book (post-ku)
Part of speech Content word

nele is an obscure content word and nimi sin to transparency and uncovering.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word nele is derived from reversing len and repeating the vowel to make the word phonotactically valid. It was coined by jan Emalan with workshopping from soweli Kina in 2021.[1][2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of nele includes transparent objects and the act of uncovering, making something clear or without obstructions, both literally and figuratively. It serves as an antonym of len.

olin len li kama nele 

olin len li kama nele.[3]

The hidden love becomes exposed.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Emalan. (31 July 2021). [Message posted in the #pali-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 17 December 2023. "Since len is often used for something that literally or figuratively conceals something, then a nimi sin could be the opposite in that sense; something that can be literally seen through (like glass, a mesh, water, etc) or something that allows for knowledge to be spread where it may have been blocked before (like the figurative use of "transparency").".
  2. soweli Kina [@neonpixii]. (31 July 2021). [Message posted in the #pali-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 17 December 2023. "what if the word was just "nele" or something. the opposite of len in terms of its spelling".
  3. jan Usawi. (5 August 2023). "kule mi". Bandcamp. Retrieved 17 December 2023.

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