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ekelhaft, dreckig, giftig, unrein, obszön

semantic space · lipamanka

jaki talks about unpleasant sensory experiences. This can be any of the senses, internal or external. This could be bad smells, repulsive flavors, gross images, earshattering noises, and horrible textures. But it could also be internal sensory experiences such as nausea. jaki can be used to refer to other things that aren't usually sensory, and it should be. But be careful, because using jaki will frame something through a sensory lens. If someone is acting bad, such as bullying or harassing someone else, you can describe their actions as jaki, but doing so makes their actions framed as unpleasant in a sensory way.

Some people reject the idea that jaki is inherently unpleasant. For example, here is a quote from jan Ke Tami:

jan Ke Tami: I keep thinking about the "jaki pona" zine that finds beauty in things that for sure are in some way unpleasant
jaki has enough space for things it describes to be unpleasant in one way... and also pleasant in a different way

ku translations

dirty93, trash89, gross87, garbage86, mess82, disgusting79, junk75, bacteria67, nasty62, crap47, toxic47, waste47, infection44, disease37, shit33, virus30, bullshit27, pollution27, illness20

pu verbatim

ADJEKTIV eklig, obszön, krank, giftig, unsauber, unhygienisch


core · 99% usage

found in pu

coined pre-pu


English · yucky

coined by jan Sonja

sitelen pona

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