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Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Obscure (2% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (1%)
Book and era No book (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

omen is an obscure content word relating to sarcasm and irony.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word omen is derived from o.m.e.m., an acronym of the Toki Pona sentence o moli e mi ("kill me"), possibly in reference to the English idiom "kill me now", a common sarcastic exclamation. The word was coined by jan inwin in 2017.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of omen includes sarcasm and irony, speech that means the opposite of its literal reading. It is often used as a tone indicator, or to clarify an earlier statement.

sina omen ala omen

sina omen ala omen?

Are you being sarcastic or not?

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The most common sitelen pona glyph for omen (omen) resembles that of sina (sina) but with an extra upwards line at a slight diagonal. It may represent the OK gesture, with the circle representing the index finger and thumb touching, instead of the main part of the hand as in the pronoun glyphs. The glyph was designed by nimi Elemenopi in November 2020,[2] replacing his previous design based on lawa.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan inwin [@orsetto]. (27 November 2017). [Message posted in the #toki-pona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 4 March 2024. "canonize 'o·m·e·m' (← 'o moli e mi') into an actuall tp word 'omen', meaning "sarcasm, sarcastic"".
  2. nimi Elemenopi [u/ElemenopiTheSequel]. (30 November 2020). "A better version of the 1b glyphs". r/OffThePu. Reddit. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  3. nimi Elemenopi [u/ElemenopiTheSequel]. (15 August 2020). "Here are the official glyphs for the 1b words in the NA". r/OffThePu. Reddit. Retrieved 28 December 2023.

Further reading[edit | edit source]