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powe in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈpo.we/
Usage 2023: Obscure4, Uncommon6 (23% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't use this word.2022: Uncommon (21%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (pre-pu)
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱦣 U+F19A3

powe is an obscure content word and pre-pu nimi ku lili relating to falsehoods and deceit.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word powe is possibly derived from French faux, meaning "false", or pas vrai, meaning "not true".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of powe includes falsehoods. It has also developed the connotation of deception and dishonesty. This word is an antonym of lon ("true, correct").

jan-ike li toki powe

jan ike li toki powe.

The evil person is speaking deceptively.

ku[edit | edit source]

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

fake2, pretend2, trick2, false2, myth2, lie (saying untruth)2, fraud1, trap1, illusion1, fantasy1

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for powe (󱦣) is derived from the glyph for lon with the dot replaced with a cross, similar to ala. It can also be read as lon ala using the underline-only form of extended lon, but the cross is typically significantly smaller than the glyph for ala would be written. It was designed by nimi Elemenopi in July 2020.[3][4]

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. p. 336.
  3. nimi Elemenopi [u/ElemenopiTheSequel]. (26 July 2020). "I made a sitelen pona glyph for every non-pu word in the "nimi ale pona" dictionary". r/tokipona. Reddit. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  4. 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. "[Key: black] = original, made by me".

Further reading[edit | edit source]