open

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open in sitelen pona
open in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈo.pen/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥇 U+F1947

open is a core content word relating to starting and opening.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word open is derived from English and possibly Dutch open.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of open includes starting, opening, and activating. It is an antonym of pini.

sina open e lupa la pipi li kama lon insa

sina open e lupa la pipi li kama lon insa.

If you open the door / window, bugs will come inside.

o open e suno

o open e suno.

Open the lights. (chiefly Manglish, Philippine English)
Turn on the lights.

Preverb[edit | edit source]

The word open may be used a preverb used to express the start of an action, as described in the Toki Pona Dictionary.[2]

mi open seli e pan 

mi open seli e pan.[2]

I started cooking rice.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

VERB  to begin, start; open; turn on

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as open:[3]

open5, begin5, start5, beginning5, initiate4, starting4, opening3, initial2, access2, entry2, engage2, launch2, starter2, introduction2, origin2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for open (󱥇) possibly represent a panel slid open or a flap lifted up. It looks similar to poki.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 9.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 305–306.

Further reading[edit | edit source]