Nonstandard animal words

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This is a list of nonstandard animal words. Many of these are only for fun and not meant for serious use.

api[edit | edit source]

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Bee nectaring on a honeysuckle flower
Bee nectaring on a honeysuckle flower
Pronunciation /ˈa.pi/
Usage 2023: Not notable (0% → )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (0%)
Book and era No book
Part of speech Content word

api is a marginal post-pu word for bees.

The word api is derived from Latin apis, meaning "bee", and whence English apian. api was coined by heav "immediately upon joining [ma pona pi toki pona] and learning about toki pona",[1] presumably on 17 March 2021.[2]

api has several variant sitelen pona glyphs, all depicting a bee. They were designed by waso Keli, with help from jan Juwan and nanpa Tonpite, in 2024.

api api2 api3 api4

kisa[edit | edit source]

kisa in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈki.sa/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Obscure (4% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (1%)
Book and era No book (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

kisa is an obscure joke word relating to cats. It was coined by kala Asi in 2021 and is derived from Russian киса (kisa).[3]

misa[edit | edit source]

misa in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈmi.sa/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Rare (13% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't use this word.2022: Rare (10%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

misa is a rare word and nimi ku lili relating to the families Glires, which include rodents, squirrels, and rabbits; and Eulipotyphla, which includes moles, hedgehogs, and shrews. Capybaras may described as misa suli ("large rodent"). It was coined by misa Ewis in 2021 and is derived from Ukrainian мишка (myška), diminutive of миша (myša), meaning "mouse".[4]

The sitelen pona glyph for misa (misa) represents a mouse facing towards the right. There are many variations of the glyph, optionally adding ears (rounded or pointed) and legs. It was designed by kulupu kasi in 2021, with workshopping from misa Ewis, ilo Sasi.[5]

misa misa2 misa3 misa4 misa5 misa6

molusa[edit | edit source]

molusa in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈmo.lu.sa/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Obscure (4% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (3%)
This word is deprecated.
Book and era No book (post-ku)
Part of speech Content word

molusa (molusa) is an obscure word relating to molluscs, such as snails, slugs, squids, octopi, and cuttlefish. It was coined by soweli Mokapen in 2021 and is derived from English mollusc, itself from Latin mollusca.[6] It is deprecated as of 2023.[citation needed]

sutopatikuna[edit | edit source]

sutopatikuna in sitelen pona
Platypus
Platypus
Pronunciation /ˈsu.to.pa.ti.ku.na/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Obscure (8% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (7%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (pre-pu, marginal phonology)
Part of speech Content word

sutopatikuna is an obscure joke word with marginal phonology relating to platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). It is derived from Croatian čudnovati kljunaš, literally meaning "strange beak". It was coined by Alexandre Baudry as an April Fools' joke in 2009.[7] It breaks Toki Pona phonotactics due to the syllable ti.

wasoweli[edit | edit source]

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wasoweli in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈwa.so.we.li/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Obscure (6% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (3%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

wasoweli is an obscure word and nimi ku lili relating to animals with characteristics similar to both birds (waso) and land creatures (soweli). Some examples include bats, emus, ostriches, and penguins.[8]

-isa family[edit | edit source]

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The -isa family is a group of words with the ending -isa or similar endings, derived in a similar fashion to the word misa. It consists of mostly joke words (with the exception of misa itself). The list of words is as follows:

  • kisa — cat (coined by kala Asi)
  • isa – holdable fluffy animal (coined by jan Kita)
  • kamosa – duck (coined by jan kijeto)
  • kosa – goat (coined by jan Kita)
  • lisa — fox (coined by jan Kita)
  • pelusa – plushie (coined by jan Kita)
  • usa — rabbit (coined by jan Alu)
  • wisa — dog (coined by kapesi Pake)

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. [@heav_]. (9 April 2021). [Message posted in the #pana-sona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 7 February 2024. "i created it almost immediately upon joining this server and learning about toki pona".
  2. [@heav_]. (17 March 2021). [Message posted in the #toki-pona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  3. kala Asi [@kala_asi]. (23 April 2021). [Message posted in the #ijo-ante channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. "kisa - cat <- киса".
  4. misa Ewis [@eris, back for a bit#9685]. (25 February 2021). [Message posted in the #jaki channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord.
  5. misa Ewis. (25 February 2021). [Message posted in the #ijo-ante channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 21 December 2023.
  6. soweli Mokapen [@thegreatestaspen]. (5 July 2021). [Message posted in the #toki-pona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. "hm i am considering making a nimisin for mollusks, if that isn’t already a thing[.] i was thinking “molu” at first but that could really easily be mistaken for moli or moku, so maybe smth like “molusu” or “molu”".
  7. Baudry, Alexandre (1 April 2009). "RE: New official word / Nova oficiala vorto". "Dear Sonja, That's a great idea, but if you do so, you need also to add a special word for the Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). I would suggest the word "sutopatikuna" from the croatian word [č]udnovati kljuna¹. […]". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 19 October 2023.
  8. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 385. "wasoweli pimeja walo penguin".