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oko in sitelen pona
oko in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈo.ko/
Usage 2023: Uncommon4, Common6 (57% ↘︎ )2022: Common (62%)
Book and era nimi ku suli ("synonym" in pu)
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥺 U+F197A

oko is an uncommon content word and pre-pu nimi ku suli relating to the eye.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word oko is derived from Croatian oko, meaning "eye".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of oko includes the eye.

pu[edit | edit source]

Caution: The subject of this section is historical information that is presented for completeness, and might not reflect current usage.

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines oko as a "synonym" of lukin. This sense is generally not understood. It largely does not reflect earlier use of oko either.

NOUN  eye
VERB  to look at, see, examine, observe, read, watch
PRE-VERB  to seek, look for, try to

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as oko:[2]

eye4, vision2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

oko in linja pona

The sitelen pona glyph for oko (󱥺) depicts an eye viewed in profile, with the pupil generally being outlined instead of dotted.

The glyph for oko was designed in October 2016. jan Same originally proposed two circular eyes with dotted pupils, depicting "the eyes" as opposed to "hav[ing] a look". jan Kipo suggested the profile view, rendering it (> (here facing left), to better distinguish it. jan Same experimented with scaling the glyph for lukin within a circle for ijo, but ultimately developed jan Kipo's suggestion in order to avoid confusion with combined glyphs.[3] This version was included in version 1.0 of linja pona.

Some fonts simplify the glyph to an angle bracket shape representing eyelids and a dot for the pupil, like the shape of Canadian Aboriginal syllabics West-Cree pwa (ᑅ).

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for oko (oko) depicts an eyeball looking towards the top-right. It was designed by jan Same.[citation needed]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 305.
  3. jan Same. (16 October 2016). "Re: Sitelen pona glyphs for new and apocryphal words". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 4 December 2023.

Further reading[edit | edit source]