Expanding “kijetesantakalu” use

Toki Pona has about 120 official words, and a few that are considered unofficial (not counting proper nouns), among them kijetesantakalu. It is defined as “any animal from the Procyonidae family, such as raccoons, coatis, kinkajous, olingos, ringtails and cacomistles”.

As is well known, the word kijetesantakalu originated as an April Fools’ Day joke by jan Sonja, the author of Toki Pona. The word however gained some acceptance in the Toki Pona community as is evidenced by the recent development – designing a sitelen pona glyph for kijetesantakalu – see this video of sitelen pona unofficial glyphs:

I think kijetesantakalu is an interesting peculiarity in the language, and makes it even more fun to speak it, so we should embrace it. Not only that, below I am proposing an expansion of its use.

How to insult a raccoon

Imagine having a few pet raccoons that somehow manage to escape from their cage and find a way into your kitchen. They steal your food, shit on the floor and make a total mess.

When you find them, you would probably be pretty annoyed by the mess they made… however, they are your adorable pet raccoons and you love them. Maybe you shout at them “You dirty raccoons!”, but you cannot stay mad for long, since they are such cute little critters.

Proposed expansion for the use of kijetesantakalu

So here we go:

sina kijetesantakalu jaki. (You’re a dirty raccoon.)

sina kijetesantakalu nasa. (You’re a crazy raccoon.)

sina kijetesantakalu ike. (You’re a bad raccoon.)

(Can also be used in a 3rd person: “ona li kijetesantakalu jaki/nasa/ike”, or as an interjection: “kijetesantakalu jaki/nasa/ike!”).

These insults are hereby defined as communicating about that person that:

they are a dirty/crazy/bad boy (or girl), with the implication that you still like/love them anyway, even though they have annoyed, disappointed, or shocked you in some way.

Use these insults when your friend, partner, or family member does something messy, crazy, and/or annoying, and you want to vent a bit, but not in a rude way.

Alternatively, you can use them if you want to tease your friend, partner, or family member about something they did, even though their actions may not have affected you personally.

Adopting this usage of kijetesantakalu would greatly expand the utility of this narrowly defined word, ensure its survival, and secure a glorious future for Toki Pona.

– jan Mato

P.S.: You can copy the above text to other forums, blog posts, etc., as long as you also include a link to this post.

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