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Pronunciation /ˈtan.ka.la/
Usage 2023: Not notable (1% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (0%)
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tankala or tenkala is a marginal joke word relating to the direction southeast.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word tankala is derived from Malay تڠݢارا (tenggara), meaning "southeast".[1] It was coined by jan Sonja in 2021.[citation needed…]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of tankala includes the direction and concept of southeast.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Sonja. (15 April 2024). [Message posted in the #sitelen-pona-discussion channel in the ma pi nasin sitelen Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 23 May 2024. "according to this dictionary, there is a "oko kon" tankala (i.e. a nasin) and also a tenpo tankala".