tokana

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tokana in sitelen pona
Pronunciation /ˈto.ka.na/ 🔊
Usage 2023: Obscure (2% ↗︎ )
2022: Obscure (1%)
Book and era No book (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

tokana is an obscure content word relating to focus, attention, and concentration.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word tokana is derived from Tongan tokanga, meaning "attention, focus". It was coined by jan Sojapoja in 2020.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of tokana includes focus, detail, and attention.[2] It describes "any kind of concentrated matter."[3] It can also be a preverb.[1][4]

mi kama kute e toki uta tan insa li ken ala tokana 

mi kama kute e toki uta tan insa, li ken ala tokana.[5]

I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate.

o tokana
aaa

o tokana
aaa[6]

Focus! Ahhhhh (scream)!

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for tokana (tokana) depicts a magnifying glass.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 jan Lakuse [@raacz106]. (14 October 2022). [Message posted in the #pana-sona channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 16 January 2024.
    it was actually made exclusively by sojapoja to mean 'concentrate' by every sense of the word
    you could technically use tokana to describe a television's pixel resolution. that was the idea i think
    but it also means to focus
    it's only ever really been used in this space in jest. it's also a preverb
  2. jan Tepo [@tbodt]. (4 May 2022). [Message posted in the #tomo-toki channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 16 January 2024. "tawa mi la nimi tokana li ni: [ijo] li wile pali e ijo la ona li mu e ni lon open pi nimi pali".
  3. jan Lakuse [@raacz106]. (2 September 2021). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 16 January 2024. "it's for any kind of concentrated matter".
  4. jan Lakuse [@raacz106]. (5 September 2020). [Message posted in the #sona-musi channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 16 January 2024. "the word 'tokana' has been proposed as a potentially preverb for 'to focus on'".
  5. jan Lakuse [@raacz106]. (21 October 2020). [Message posted in the #jaki channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 16 January 2024.
  6. jan Lakuse [@raacz106]. (23 April 2022). [Message posted in the #tomo-toki channel in the ma pona pi toki pona Discord server]. Discord. Retrieved 16 January 2024.

Further reading[edit | edit source]