pi X en Y

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pi X en Y refers to a largely historical style of Toki Pona, in which en may be used within pi phrases to join multiple modifiers or modifier phrases.[1] It evokes the controversial glossing of pi as "of", which is proscribed and considered misleading in standard usage.

This subject or style relates to Toki Pona Dictionary.

This style is noted in the "Notes on lipu pu" section of the Toki Pona Dictionary, which states that it "continues to be used by some people; however, many people dislike using it". Two examples are provided as follows:[2]

linja pi(ma en sewi)

linja pi ma en sewi

horizon (line of land and sky)

musi pi(kiwen-walo en kiwen-pimeja)

musi pi kiwen walo en kiwen pimeja

chess (game of white stones and black stones)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bryant Knight. (12 July 2004). "o kama sona e toki pona!: Lesson 12". tokipona.nytka.org. Retrieved 14 January 2024.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 8–9.