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peto in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈ 🔊
Usage 2023: Obscure (2% ↘︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (3%)This word is deprecated.
Book and era nimi ku lili (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

peto is an obscure deprecated[citation needed] content word and nimi ku lili relating to crying and sadness.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word peto is an initialism of a Toki Pona sentence fragment, pana e telo (tan) oko, literally meaning "to emit liquid of (or from) the eye".

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of peto includes crying, tears, and sadness.[1] That is, it primarily refers to emotional tears, but can presumably also describe reflex tears.

ku[edit | edit source]

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


sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for peto (peto) depicts a teardrop.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Moniz, C. Ryan (jan inwin); van der Meulen, Spencer H. (jan Pensa); lipamanka. (8 October 2020). "nimi ale pona (2nd ed.)". Google Docs.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362.

Further reading[edit | edit source]