Toki Pona: Archaic Words

  • iki – he/she/it, use ona instead.
  • kan – the word for “with” or “among.” use poka instead
  • kapa – hill, mountain, or a button, use nena instead.
  • kapesi – brown, grey, use pimeja instead
  • leko – stairs, square
    • for stairs, use “anpa nasin pi supa mute” or ”anpa pi nasin pi supa mute”, or nasin (tawa anpa / tawa sewi)
    • for square, use “selo pi linja tu tu” or “selo pi poka tu tu”, four lined shape vs four sided shape.
  • majuna -  old, use sin ala instead.
  • pasila – good, easy.  Use pona instead.
  • pata – sibling, brother, sister. Use jan sama
  • po – four.  Depending on how you strongly you feel about numbers, either there is no replacement or there are several competing replacements, including tu tu
  • powe – unreal, false, untrue, pretend, deceive, trick, use [what?]
  • tuli – three.  See explanation for ‘po’, use tu wan or some other competing numbering system.

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