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epiku in sitelen pona
epiku in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈe.pi.ku/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Common (53% ↗︎ )2022: Uncommon (44%)
Book and era nimi ku suli (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱦃 U+F1983

epiku is a common joke word and nimi ku suli meaning "epic".

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word epiku is derived from French épique, meaning "epic". According to the Toki Pona Dictionary, the person who coined this word is unknown.[1] However, Linku credits jan Jan and jan Peche coining it in 2019.

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of epiku includes epicness, coolness, and awesomeness. It is equivalent in meaning to pona a.

ku[edit | edit source]

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

epic3, awesome2, amazing2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The standard sitelen pona glyph for epiku (󱦃), as featured in the Esperanto translation of the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good, is derived from the glyph for pona, with emitters.

The obsolete glyph for epiku depicts an arrow pointing upwards (epiku). It was included in version 4.9 of linja pona.[3] This glyph is more often used as a directional variant of ni, and may cause confusion if used to write epiku. However, it is still used in communities both inside and outside of ma pona pi toki pona.[4] Uniquely in the font linja lipamanka and linja suwi, the glyph for epiku (epiku) is derived from the Awesome Smile, also known as the Epic Smiley.[5]

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for epiku is inspired by the glyphs for pona, mute, and wawa, with the phonetic radicals for e and ki. It was designed by lon Jawin, jan Pensa, and jan Saki.[6]

Related words[edit | edit source]

awesome[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈa.we.so.me/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word
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kulijo[edit | edit source]

kulijo in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈku.li.jo/ 🔊/j/ sounds like English Y, as in "fjord" or "hallelujah".
Usage 2023: Obscure (7% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (6%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

kulijo is an obscure joke word and nimi ku lili similar to epiku, used to casually express appreciation or acknowledgement, similarly to—and derived from—English coolio. It was coined in 2020 by jan pakala in the ma pona pi toki pona community, originally deemed a typo of likujo, and it was spread by kala pona Tonyu.[7]

ale li kulijo 

ale li kulijo.

Everything is coolio.

According to an informal poll in 2023 by waso Keli, kulijo is often deemed more intense than epiku by the majority of speakers who use this word, however it is less intense for most of those who do not.[8]

The sitelen pona glyph for kulijo (kulijo) is derived from the glyph for lete (lete) with emitters, calquing the informal sense of English cool.

poku[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈpo.ku/
Usage 2023: N/A
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word
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potesu[edit | edit source]

Pronunciation /ˈpo.te.su/
Usage 2023: N/A
2022: Obscure (0%)
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word
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sikomo[edit | edit source]

sikomo in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈsi.ko.mo/ 🔊
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

sikomo is an obscure post-pu nimi sin similar to epiku, meaning "on a higher tier/plane, enlighten(ed), epic; to an exceedingly great extent". It is a reference to the Travis Scott song "Sicko Mode", and was coined by jan Lija and jan Wesu in 2019.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 24.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 205.
  3. James Flear (jan Same). "linja pona". musi lili. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  4. waso Keli [@kelly.hi]. (23 October 2023). [Message posted in the #sona-kulupu channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
    Do you use the word epiku and which sitelen pona glyph do you use for it?
    Option Votes
    I use the word epiku and use the pona-with-emitters glyph 21
    I use the word epiku and use the directional-ni glyph 7
    I don't use the word epiku and use the pona-with-emitters glyph 43
    I don't use the word epiku and use the directional-ni glyph 2
  5. "Awesome Face / Epic Smiley". Know Your Meme. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  6. Gabel, Jonathan. (5 September 2021). "Designing glyphs - sitelen suwi pi nimi ku suli". jonathangabel.com. Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  7. jan pakala. (7 August 2020). [Message posted in the #toki-pona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 28 December 2023.}}
  8. waso Keli [@kelly.hi]. (21 October 2023). [Message posted in the #sona-kulupu channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
    Do you use the word kulijo and, to you, what does the word mean?
    Option Votes
    I use the word kulijo and it means "very good" 9
    I use the word kulijo and it means "a little good" 3
    I don't use the word kulijo and it means "very good" 18
    I don't use the word kulijo and it means "a little good" 52

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