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Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Obscure (8%  )
2022: Obscure (7%)
Book and era nimi ku lili (pre-pu, marginal phonology)
Part of speech Content word
Illustration of a platypus

sutopatikuna is an obscure pre-pu joke word with marginal phonology relating to platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus).[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word sutopatikuna is derived from Croatian čudnovati kljunaš, literally meaning "strange beak". It was coined by Alexandre Baudry as an April Fools' joke in 2009, the same day as the word kijetesantakalu was coined.[1]

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

The word sutopatikuna breaks Toki Pona's phonotactics by having the disallowed syllable *ti. Some speakers instead pronounce it with the syllable si to overcome this.[2]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as sutopatikuna:


References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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 kljuna […]". Toki Pona Forums. Retrieved 19 October 2023.
  2. jan Kapesi Pake (1 September 2021). "nimi “sutopatikuna”* li pona". In lipu tenpo nanpa kule (In Toki Pona). lipu tenpo.