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weka in sitelen pona
weka in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈwe.ka/
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱥶 U+F1976

weka is a core content word relating to absence or distance.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word weka is derived from Dutch language weg, meaning "away, gone".[1] It is cognate with English "(a)way".

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of weka includes things that are absent or distant. It is an antonym of poka in the sense of "nearby". It can sometimes refer to the amount of distance between things.

a pan li weka

a! pan li weka.

Oh no, the bread is gone!

mi weka tan tomo mi

mi weka tan tomo mi.

I am away / far from home.

As a transitive verb, weka means to cause to be absent, which can usually be translated as "to remove, to get rid of".

According to Toki Pona: The Language of Good, weka can mean "ignored". Many speakers use it with sona ("knowledge") to mean "forget".

pu[edit | edit source]

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

ADJECTIVE  absent, away, ignored

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as weka:[2]

rid5, removal5, remove5, eliminate4, apart4, omit4, missing4, away4, absence4, loss4, dismiss4, delete4, distant4, leave4, abandon4, vanish3, far3, disappear3, avoid3, exclude3, out3, escape3, distance3, drain2, flee2, withdraw2, reject2, ban2, sweep2, exit2, resign2, separation2, skip2, strip2, wipe2, fade2, lack2, remote2, lose2, separate2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for weka (󱥶) is four short lines in a diagonal cross, similar to ala or ante, but with a full gap in the middle. It may be based on ala with dashed lines, to indicate something missing, not fully nonexistent. It may also represent something popping away like a bubble, to the opposite effect of sin.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". tokipona.org. Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 387.

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