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Pronunciation /wi/
Usage 2023: Not notable (1% ↗︎ )Caution: Most speakers don't understand this word.2022: Obscure (0%)
Book and era No book (post-pu)
Part of speech Content word

wi is a marginal content word, and an alternative first-person pronoun to mi, specifically for the exclusive "we".

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word wi is derived from English we. It was coined by jan inwin in 2017.

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The word wi is an exclusive first-person pronoun. That is, it can mean "we", "us", and "our" when this group excludes the audience, "you".

Despite its etymology, wi does not mark number.[citation needed]

wi li lon insa kulupu

wi li lon insa kulupu.[citation needed…]

We are in the group (but you are not).

ni li soweli wi

ni li soweli wi.

That is my pet (not yours).

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for wi (wi) is composed of two horizontally flipped glyphs for mi (mi). The reflection may be to avoid confusion with the phrase mi mi outside of monospaced fonts.

Further reading[edit | edit source]