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Pronunciation /ˈpu.wa/
Usage 2023: Obscure4, Rare6 (17% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't use this word.2022: Rare (14%)
Book and era No book (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

puwa is an obscure content word and nimi sin relating to fluffy and squishy things.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word puwa is derived from Japanese ふわふわ (Hepburn: fuwafuwa), meaning "softly, fluffily" as of a pillow or foam. It was coined in 2021 by jan Seli in the ma pona pi toki pona community.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of puwa includes fluffy, soft, and squishy things, those that can be compressed and will try to return to their original shape. Its usage overlaps with the semantic spaces of ko and suwi.

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for puwa (puwa) depicts a rounded cumulus cloud shape.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Seli [@th3scribble]. (22 January 2021). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 25 December 2023. "I was thinking fluffy or soft could be puwa (from fuwafuwa) but pupa is almost identical".

Further reading[edit | edit source]