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wawa in sitelen pona
wawa in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈwa.wa/
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥵 U+F1975

wawa is a core content word relating to power and strength.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word wawa is derived from Finnish vahva, meaning "strong, powerful".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of wawa includes power and strength. Its semantic space also includes energy, either concretely, such as electricity and force, or abstractly, such as motivation or confidence. It also includes saturation and concentration, as opposed to dilution.[2]

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  strong, powerful; confident, sure; energetic, intense

ku[edit | edit source]

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

strength5, power5, powerful5, strong5, energy5, strongly5, force4, intense4, bold4, intensity4, reinforce4, firmly4, strengthen4, charge3, brave3, rapid3, electrical3, might2, tough2, electricity2, fast2, rapidly2, compelling2, confident2, quickly2, glory2, boost2, severe2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for wawa (󱥵) represents a person raising their arms to signify strength.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

The sitelen sitelen glyph for wawa (wawa) is borrowed from the Dongba symbols.[4] It is unknown, however, which glyph it originated from.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary". lipamanka.gay.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 385–386.
  4. Jonathan Gabel. (30 May 2012). "sitelen sitelen acknowledgements and etymology". jonathangabel.com. Retrieved 29 November 2023.

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