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tomo in sitelen pona
tomo in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ
Usage 2023: Core (100% → )2022: Core (100%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥭 U+F196D

tomo is a core content word describing buildings and indoor spaces.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word tomo is derived from Esperanto domo, meaning "house".[1] It is cognate with English words such as dome, domicile, and dorm(itory).

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of tomo includes buildings, houses, and indoor spaces, such as rooms. As a modifier, tomo is used to specify indoor and household versions of things.

mi lon tomo mi

mi lon tomo mi.

I am at my home.

Modifiers may be used to specify the purpose or contents of the said buliding or room. For example, tomo lape ("sleep room") may be a bedroom or hotel. tomo telo ("wet room") may be a washroom, ship, or pub.[2][3] tomo tawa ("moving room") may be a closed vehicle or elevator.[4] Note that these phrases lack a fixed meaning; these are just a few possibilities.

The semantic spaces of tomo and poki ("container") notably overlap. In their dictionary, lipamanka argues that tomo frames its inhabitants as living beings. Referring to an object as tomo ascribes life to the objects inside.[5]

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines tomo as:

NOUN  indoor space; building, home, house, room

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as tomo:[3]

building5, house5, housing5, chamber5, home5, room5, shelter4, residence4, suite3, domestic3, structural3, structure3, facility3, residential3, establishment3, household3, cabin3, apartment3, station2, hall2, venue2, institute2, construction2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for tomo (󱥭) represents a generic square house with a pointed roof. It is typically the same pentagonal shape as a home plate, alternatively stylized with the roof strokes overhanging slightly.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (25 May 2014). Toki Pona: The Language of Good. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292300. OCLC 921253340.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 377.
  4. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 380.

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  5. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".